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Proposal Would Relocate Pierce County Offices to Old Puget Sound Hospital Site
Pierce County is considering a project that could have a big impact on downtown Tacoma.
The News Tribune reports that the County is considering tearing down the old Puget Sound Hospital building at South 36th and Pacific, which has been sitting vacant since 2011, and building a new 225,000 square-foot office building to centralize many of its offices and programs. Pierce County Council and Executive offices would move, as would workers from the County Annex building, while law and justice offices would stay downtown in the County-City building.
The $67 million project would be funded through a private-public partnership that would allow the County to issue tax-exempt bonds for the project, and make the developer responsible for cost overruns. Pierce County would lease the building at a fixed rate, and own it after 25 years. The County is estimating that the consolidation of programs and employees would save it just shy of $40 million over 25 years.
The move would shift a large number of County employees from the County-City building an other leased spaces to the county-owned Puget Sound Hospital property near the Lincoln District. It would bring 980 employees together in one location - bringing people and their wallets to that corner of Tacoma.
The project has the endorsement of Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy - does it have yours?
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