Pierce Transit & Developer in Negotiations for Transit-Oriented Development Near the Tacoma Dome

A transit-oriented mixed-use development next to the Tacoma Dome Park and Ride could become a reality.

Less than a year after the City of Tacoma, working with Pierce Transit, posted an RFI for the project, Pierce Transit is entering into exclusive negotiations for the sale of the property to Portland-based Cody Development Corporation. 

The transit agency owns the half acre site, just west of the Tacoma Dome Park and Ride and across the street from Freighthouse Square.

When originally advertised last summer, the RFI envisioned a five- to seven-story mixed use project, with 75 to 100 units, mostly studio and one-bedrooms, along with 3,000 to 9,000 square feet of retail.

The project now in negotiation with Cody would include five floors of residential over two floors of retail and parking, bringing about 100 apartments into the Dome District, making it by far the largest residential building in the neighborhood.

The City of Tacoma hopes a mixed-use development adjacent to so many different modes of transportation - Pierce and Sound transit buses, Greyhound, the new Amtrak station, Sounder, and light rail - will serve as a catalyst for further investment in the Dome District.

Pierce Transit and Cody Development Corporation will now have 90 to 120 days for both to complete due dilligence and decide whether to move forward.

Read the full press release here.

Previously from Exit133: Tacoma Dome Transit-Oriented Development: Who's Interested?

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Interesting project. It is tough being the first building when trying to fundamentally change a neighborhood. The 4th and 5th buildings stand the most to gain, but someone has to be first. This area has more transportation options than probably anywhere in this region outside of the city of Seattle. The neighborhood could b special some day, especially once a park is built on the south end of the Foss, or if someone ever fixes up Freighthouse Square (I have my fingers crossed that the owners reinvest the money that they get from selling a chunk of their building to Amtrak). Right now though, you’d have a hard time convincing me to live there. Best of luck finding the right tenants. I hope they at least have a nice rooftop garden. You market that to folks who like to watch spot trains.

March 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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PUBLIC NOTICE: City of Tacoma is seeking ideas for a transit-oriented mixed-use development. Prefer theme drawings of buildings that reference elements in the nearby area. For example: Stacked Shipping Containers.

March 11, 2015 at 1:11 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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It will fit right in next to the piece of junk “public art” that has been sitting in a state of disrepair for well over a decade.  The City Code specifically addresses: machinery or appliances or parts of such machinery or appliances, vehicular component parts, iron, steel, old or scrap household goods or hardware. 

“Storing outside a completely enclosed building items that constitute a threat to the
public health, safety or welfare, including but not limited to: old or scrap rope,
batteries, paper, trash, rubber debris, tires, waste, used lumber or salvaged wood,
machinery or appliances or parts of such machinery or appliances, vehicular
component parts, iron, steel, old or scrap household goods or hardware,
medications, medical supplies, or medical devices, cut brush or wood including
dead or decaying plant material except s contained in a compost pile or orderly
stacked firewood if cut in lengths of four feet or less.”

If you look at the photo accompanying the article above the piece of junk I am referring to can be seen at the far right of the frame.  This piece of crap has not been in operable condition in well over a decade and adds to the ambiance the way a 1980 Camaro sitting on blocks adds to the landscape surrounding residence in a single family neighborhood would.

March 12, 2015 at 11:23 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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This Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is not all it is cracked up to be.  It will not be occupied for a week before residents are calling the City complaining about everything from criminal activity to transients loitering to noise keeping them awake.  Transit centers must be pressure washed regularly and thrnsit providers try to do that at times when riders are not present, like two or three AM.  And for someone living right next to that it is not what makes for a good nights sleep.

The “first flood retail” rarely performs up to prognostications too and is frequently vacant.  Then the City is expected to lease it for a police sub station in order to fill it as well as to try to deal with the criminal and transient activity.

I know this from first hand experience.  Transit riders don’t hang around and shop at transit stops any more than people who drive to work hang around work and shop before heading home.

March 11, 2015 at 5:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Don’t assume everyone shares your suburban “I don’t like poor people and pressure washing” aesthetics.

And don’t assume everyone is privileged enough to be able to choose their surroundings.

If a developer wants to build a building, then people want to live there.

March 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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“If a developer wants to build a building, then people want to live there”


March 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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I’d love to see the Emerald Queen Casino work out a deal to build their hotel-casino at the Tacoma Dome and take over the managerial duties of it.  A hotel-casino would really amp up that area for peripheral developments in entertainment and would supply a healthy number of visitors who happen to be right along the streetcar line and easy access to downtown, Hilltop, museums and shopping in downtown.  Maybe they could even build the parking garage behind the dome that they’ve always wanted and do it in partnership with the casino.

March 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jim C

I found it very hard to believe that people would buy property to live in ON A SUPERFUND SITE but apparently there are enough people out there willing to trade the risk of long term genetic mutation for a great tax-abated view. The tradeoffs here are stupendous.  Yeah, you live next to the Sounder and Link stations, but also next to the Amtrak and Greyhound stations… and the railyards.

March 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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From Superfund to Super Fun, the opportunities in Tacoma are staggering, like Dome District transients.

March 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jim C

Looking at the map, I realize I’d forgotten that this site is right behind the Bulls Eye. PEWPEWPEW. Proximity to large amounts of ammunition might be seen an as asset by some.

March 12, 2015 at 7:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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They can’t make it without subsidies.  The people who champion them seldom live in TOD.

March 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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March 12, 2015 at 8:34 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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This project is a great idea.  The only thing left to be done is to also find ways to revitalize the housing project proposed before the 2009 financial crash that a North Carolina firm had slated for development in the old mattress factory east of the Tacoma Dome Station parking complex.  There must be options for people to live in a community and not be required to always use a car to get somewhere.  The Tacoma Dome neighborhood has the potential to become as magnetic and attractive as the new residential areas rising around Seattle’s pro sports stadiums.  The only thing missing are nearby public recreation spots, like outdoor basketball courts—perhaps the city can find ways to plan for such community amenities in trade-offs with developers.  Mayor Strickland’s backing of this project in her role at Pierce Transit represents the foresight needed to make themost of transit connections in Tacoma to revitalize neighborhoods with sidewalk activity.  Where praise for vision is deserved, Mayor Strickland earned it on this project.

March 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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“The only thing left to be done is to also find ways to revitalize the housing project proposed before the 2009 financial crash that a North Carolina firm had slated for development in the old mattress factory east of the Tacoma Dome Station parking complex.”—-paolo

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March 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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“Where praise for vision is deserved, Mayor Strickland earned it on this project.”—-paolo

City Hall, like atheism, is a non-prophet organization.

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