City seeks ideas for Old City Hall, again

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In honor of Historic Preservation Month this month, the City of Tacoma is seeking proposals from would-be owners of Old City Hall after a similar call for ideas earlier this year netted few offers.

The city is looking for new owners to create a high-quality development that will contribute to the vitality of the Old City Hall District, noting that more than $1 billion are already being invested into development projects in downtown Tacoma and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Most notably within the Old City Hall District, McMenamins of Portland, Oregon, known for their destination-style brew pubs and entertainment centers, is under construction with its $34 million restoration of the former Elks Temple, projected to open in spring 2019.  Developer Eli Moreno of Tacoma recently renovated the Union Club, adjacent to the Elks, for co-working space.  AxoWorks LLC of Seattle acquired 725 Broadway and is in process of developing co-working space there.

The city seeks projects that will create synergy with surrounding development, enable vibrancy and re-establish the building’s preeminence in community life.  Residential development, hotels and/or offices that support companies/organizations with financial strength, growth potential and career-ladder, livable wage jobs are strongly preferred.  Street-level, pedestrian-friendly uses, such as restaurants and retail venues, are highly desirable.

Proposal are due July 31.  In order for developers to gain firsthand knowledge, the city will provide the only scheduled tour of the property for prospective purchasers on June 20.

In honor of Historic Preservation Month (May 2018), the City of Tacoma invites you to respond to the attached Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase Old City Hall (1892) located downtown at 625 South Commerce Street to create a high quality development that will contribute to the vitality of the Old City Hall District.  Over $1 billion are being invested into development projects in downtown Tacoma and its environs.  Most notably within the Old City Hall District, McMenamins of Portland, Oregon, known for their destination-style brew pubs and entertainment centers, is under construction with its $34 million restoration of the former Elks Temple, projected to open in spring 2019.  Developer Eli Moreno of Tacoma recently renovated the Union Club, adjacent to the Elks, for co-working space.  AxoWorks LLC of Seattle acquired 725 Broadway and is in process of developing co-working space there.

The City seeks projects that will create synergy with surrounding development, enable vibrancy and re-establish the building’s preeminence in community life.  Residential development, hotels and/or offices that support companies/organizations with financial strength, growth potential and career-ladder, livable wage jobs are strongly preferred.  Street-level, pedestrian-friendly uses, such as restaurants and retail venues, are highly desirable.

We encourage to submit a Proposal described in the checklist on Page 12 of the RFP by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on July 31, 2018.  In order for Developers to gain firsthand knowledge, the City will provide the only scheduled tour of the property for prospective purchasers on June 20, 2018, for which you must RSVP by June 15, 2018 before participating.

In honor of Historic Preservation Month (May 2018), the City of Tacoma invites you to respond to the attached Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase Old City Hall (1892) located downtown at 625 South Commerce Street to create a high quality development that will contribute to the vitality of the Old City Hall District.  Over $1 billion are being invested into development projects in downtown Tacoma and its environs.  Most notably within the Old City Hall District, McMenamins of Portland, Oregon, known for their destination-style brew pubs and entertainment centers, is under construction with its $34 million restoration of the former Elks Temple, projected to open in spring 2019.  Developer Eli Moreno of Tacoma recently renovated the Union Club, adjacent to the Elks, for co-working space.  AxoWorks LLC of Seattle acquired 725 Broadway and is in process of developing co-working space there.

The City seeks projects that will create synergy with surrounding development, enable vibrancy and re-establish the building’s preeminence in community life.  Residential development, hotels and/or offices that support companies/organizations with financial strength, growth potential and career-ladder, livable wage jobs are strongly preferred.  Street-level, pedestrian-friendly uses, such as restaurants and retail venues, are highly desirable.

We encourage to submit a Proposal described in the checklist on Page 12 of the RFP by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on July 31, 2018.  In order for Developers to gain firsthand knowledge, the City will provide the only scheduled tour of the property for prospective purchasers on June 20, 2018, for which you must RSVP by June 15, 2018 before participating.

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