New Plans for Old Time Woodworks Buildings

​In another sign that development is stirring again in downtown Tacoma, the former Old Time Woodworks buildings at South 21st and Court C (across the street from the southern end of the UWT campus) will be transformed into a new mixed-use development.

The Business Examiner reports that Horizon Partners Northwest has plans to renovate the old woodworks buildings, creating retail and residential space in the historic Brewery District buildings. You may be familiar with Horizon’s other projects, which include the Hunt-Mottet lofts and former Miller Morris and Tacoma Grocery Company buildings.

Horizon plans to add four stories to the largest of the buildings. That addition will take the largest building from three to seven stories on its downhill side, facing Commerce Street side, and from one to five stories on the uphill South C Street side. Floors one and two will have retail space, with some apartments on the second floor, and 10 apartments per floor on the remaining floors. Details of the apartments include 10-foot ceilings, colored concrete floors, and original beams restored and exposed. Retail spaces will be targeted at smaller businesses, with floor plans in the 600 to 700 square-foot range. 

In the middle building, they’d like to bring in a restaurant. The smallest of the buildings, on the 21st street end of the block, doesn’t have firm plans yet

Work is already underway to restore the interiors of the buildings, but power lines too close to the building will delay work on the outside until TPU can bury the lines - the hope is to start outdoor work by late 2013 or early 2014. Read more from the Business Examiner.

So, are we ready to start dreaming big for downtown development again?

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It sounds awesome. But 4 stories added on top of the 3-story building? Architecturally speaking, this could look great or it could be awful. I’m hoping that they make a nice clean break, and not try to replicate the historic facade on the stories above. The new four stories should look light, clean and modern, thereby allowing the historic 3-story building to carry the character and be more prominent. 

Can’t wait to see it!

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