AngelaJossy's Blog

Mar. 30, 2009 at 4:55pm

Small village needs a building

My friends and I are looking for a building (downtown, North end, 6th Ave vicinity) where 4 of us girls and our kids can pool our resources and live together while working on our art and music. We prefer someplace that has a storefront type of bottom so we can have an event space for art/music parties, art classes and etc.

Do any of you know of a building owner who wouldn't mind us transforming it in such a way? We don't mind if its a warehouse, a former office building, a former apartment building, a former medical building or whatever so long as we can all live comfortably with our own bedrooms and still have common areas where we can cook, paint and make music together.

If you have a lead on how/where/who please contact me at


comments [19]  |  posted under art, live, space, Tacoma, work


by NineInchNachos on 3/30/2009 @ 5:11pm
I think the winthrop is still available

by AngelaJossy on 3/30/2009 @ 6:36pm
Thanks NiN. The location of the Winthrop *is* very appealing but we really want something just for us (no other tenants).

We only need 7 or 8 rooms - although we'd surely find uses for a few extras! For example: one room could be my giant walk-in closet, one could be a room just for wacky costumes and clothes for the kids to play dress up in, one room for wrapping gifts, one for passing gas in private, one for applying nail polish, one could be the library and reading room, one could be our recording studio, we could put a tanning bed in one of them, we could each have our own office space, one could be the homework room, one could be the video confession room, one could be the "date" room (in case someone wants to spend time alone with a date but isn't ready to take him to her bedroom - we'd have a video camera in that one for sure! *smile*) and I'm sure I could think up uses for several more too. But in reality, we need to be able to afford to lease the whole building so we're probably talking about something a lot smaller.

by ixia on 3/30/2009 @ 8:18pm
David's on Broadway - man, you could have some parties there!

by jenyum on 3/30/2009 @ 8:34pm
I recommend you look in the MLK/11th area. Rents are cheap, and there are some big spaces. Take a drive around and see what's available.

by chrism39 on 3/30/2009 @ 9:40pm
How old are your children? I hate to be a spoilsport, but this does not sound like an optimum living space for children, just my uninformed and unrequested two cents.

by jenyum on 3/30/2009 @ 10:25pm
I don't see what is wrong with raising kids in a cohousing apartment with a commercial space below, which is essentially all we're talking about.

Angela has a teenager, but in most large cities lots of kids live in spaces like this, just without the cohousing element.

by NineInchNachos on 3/30/2009 @ 10:47pm
I think the venture bank location downtown will be available soon. FDIC sells things cheap

by Jake on 3/30/2009 @ 11:32pm
For Sale but how perfect would this be?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/31/2009 @ 12:25am
Sounds like we have the makings of one of those reality TV shows.

by KevinFreitas on 3/31/2009 @ 2:28am
What about the building that Herban Cafe was in on the corner of Pine(?) and 6th Ave? Great storefront and I think apartments above. Though they're probably all rented out separately it's a neat location.

by WesleyAdams on 3/31/2009 @ 4:55am
I would also recommend MLK/11th area. Probably the best location for a project like this. I don't know if downtown is the right place to set up such a community. What kind of art and music do you wann make?

by ensie on 3/31/2009 @ 9:45am

This sounds like an awesome idea! I love it. And...I would contact the agents/owners of building that are for sale if you see one that you like. In this economy, someone may be interested in leasing if they can't sell right now.

by intacoma on 3/31/2009 @ 9:59am
holler, I'm looking to rent out a small area for some photography/djing on the cheap I need a lab as well, not interested in living there though so that could be a plus

by Dave_L on 3/31/2009 @ 10:18am
Code/safety issues might be the spoiler, but thatís not to say there arenít a lot of people downtown doing it anyway.

by nicolef on 3/31/2009 @ 3:27pm
Wow. Too bad you can't step back in time, word has it our postion of our crazy old duplex (3 blocks from 6th Ave) was the general store while our neighbor resides in the living space. As for the Herban, the space above is at least two seperate apartments that were rented when I last worked at the Herban anyway. What about that crazy flea market/Pizza Time space at 12th & Proctor? There are for rent signs on part of the lower level and there is definitely living space above, I have no idea how it's rented out and what it offers though. Next door to the flea market though...

by nicolef on 3/31/2009 @ 5:08pm
If you're going to contact agents/owners of for sale buildings I'd check out the former location of Best Loved Baby on Proctor/12th behind the gas station. Until recently it was used for just what you describe, and they have a for sale sign out front.

by morgan on 3/31/2009 @ 8:48pm
AngelaJossy: Just talk with Tacoma's urban hipsters (the younger ones) - they are already doing it. It may help if you're good with a hammer and saw. Back in the day (not that long ago), my brother rented a floor in what is now the Hunt-Mottet lofts. It started as a workshop, but then grew to include a jam space, shower, bedroom, kitchen... then he got botted so they could turn the building into lofts. Go find yourself an old warehouse where no one will care if you're living in it and have at it!

by Dave_L on 3/31/2009 @ 11:49pm with Tacoma's urban hipsters (the younger ones)
Yeah, Erik doesn't live in one of those.

Anyway, Alan Gorsuch might have some good ideas. (intacoma, you probably know already Paul Uhl had a photo studio in Alan & Cheryl's Mid-Level Shops, pretty cheap rent) and I've seen some spots in SoTac. I think Hawk has some connection with the one on 12th and Proctor, if you know Hawk.

by intacoma on 4/1/2009 @ 6:37am
yeah the problem with the spaces in the midlevel shops is that you actually have to use the space for a business, Angela I know your friends are my friends so have you already talked to Mary K Johnson about her space at the clinic? Its commune style living in a converted methadone clinic on the top of 25th

anyways holler for a dollar if you need contact info