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Deal Would Keep & Improve Johnny’s Seafood
Changes are afoot for the west side of the Foss Waterway. We wrote yesterday about a possible new park on the Foss. That park was approved by the FWDA board this week. And now, the latest is a deal for the sale and significant remodel of the Johnny’s Seafood property, just down the road from the proposed park site.
Plans are subject to design review, so we could see changes, but we’re liking the outdoor seating and the waterfront orientation.
The property where Johnny’s sits is currently City-owned. The deal, approved this week by the FWDA and Pacific Seafood, the parent company of Johnny’s Seafood, would transfer the property to the FWDA, which would in turn sell it to Pacific. If the deal is approved by Tacoma City Council, Pacific would get the property where Johnny’s has sat since 1975, for $700,000 – about $400,000 less than the assessed value of the property.
That deal will keep Johnny’s where it is, rather than relocating to Fife, as had been considered. The deal also includes a commitment from Pacific to invest $1.3 million in a remodel of the property using Tacoma architects BCRA and Pierce County contractors. That major remodel would re-orient the building towards the water, expanding the footprint, and adding a waterfront bistro. Pacific has also agreed to complete a section of public esplanade along the Foss, and to contribute either funding or in-kind services to promoting the Waterway.
We like Johnny’s, we like to see development on the Foss… We’re thinking we like this news.
Read more from The News Tribune.
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