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Adaptive Redevelopment for Valhalla Hall
The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority is accepting RFPs for the redevelopment of Tacoma's historic Valhalla Hall.
Sitting at South 12th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Valhalla Hall was historically a community hall for the Swedish American Community in Tacoma. Since its construction in 1906, the historic building has fallen into disrepair.
The Hilltop Subarea Plan, completed in 2014, identifies Valhalla Hall as a potential catalyst project for redevelopment in the neighborhood. Recently the building was gutted and the roof temporarily reinforced to prevent further deterioration.
Last summer the TCRA started exploring options for adaptive reuse of the old community hall. A field of more than half a dozen ideas was narrowed to the top three, which the TCRA and consultants considered in greater depth, including looking at the financial feasibility of the proposed project.
From those three, the option chosen to move forward turns the historic hall into 23 units of [market-rate?] residential, with two street-level retail spaces facing MLK. Most of the residential units (14) are studios; with eight one-bedroom units, four of which are loft-style spaces. The design also includes a shared courtyard space and one live/work unit facing back toward the alley behind the building.
The RFP issued in February asks for a fee developer to take on the project, including final design, construction drawings, permits, and construction. The TCRA anticipates the total project cost at approximately $4.4 million, plus a developer's fee to be negotiated. TCRA would like to fast track the project, hoping to select a developer by early May. RFP submissions for the project are due by the end of March. Learn more here (pdf).
What do you think - does this look like a good fit for the Hilltop?
Previously from Exit133: Hilltop Development Update.
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