Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 12, 2008 at 2:50pm

Building Adjact to Walker Condo Demolished

Today, I drove through downtown and saw that the one story vacant building next to the Walker Condominiums was being demolished:


This was long expected.  Hopefully, some of the housing can be built soon. Sure would be nice if they started construction on the grocery store.




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by morgan on 4/12/2008 @ 4:27pm
I noticed some good structural beams and brick when they were tearing it down. I'm hoping some of it gets re-used. Somehow I doubt it though. That's a lot of waste to just be throwing into the landfill.

by Erik on 4/12/2008 @ 5:03pm
From what I saw, it didn't look to be building with a lot of reusable material in it. Looks like cinder blocks and a torch down roof.

by Gorman on 4/13/2008 @ 7:36am
I believe this is where Walker North is supposed to be built. A new 8 - 10 story residential building.

It may be awhile before they start on the mixed use building accross the street. I've heard once they're done with Walker, they plan on starting the mixed use building on 25th and Yakima.

by Erik on 4/13/2008 @ 10:31am
It may be awhile before they start on the mixed use building accross the street. I've heard once they're done with Walker, they plan on starting the mixed use building on 25th and Yakima.

Thanks for the information Gorman, it will be interesting to see how it works out as pieces of downtown are rebuilt.

The area on St. Helens could soon be a much nicer place to live and walk around soon. Especially at night.

Now if only the Elks was renovated so that the Spanish Steps were more inviting to use for a longer period.

by Jake on 4/13/2008 @ 1:19pm
They took the 25th and Yakima Ave. project off their site and when I emailed them to about it (because people in my hood always ask me about it) they didn't respond. Hopefully it is still a go.

Here is some of the McCarver Neighborhood action: www.flickr.com/gp/9117701@N05/360266


I am glad to see the Walker North project move along. Across the street they were advertising on craigslist a while back to lease some of the space so I don't know how soon they plan on doing anything there.

Oh and I think the city is supposed to rehab the Spanish Steps this Summer :)

by Erik on 4/13/2008 @ 2:55pm
Update:

With the building knocked downtown, this looks to be a much bigger lot is bigger than I thought. Talk about being underutilized.

The restaurant in the Walker seems to be moving along.

Oh and I think the city is supposed to rehab the Spanish Steps this Summer :)

That has been on the city wish list for ages.



Larger view:

www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/24...

by morgan on 4/13/2008 @ 9:23pm
From what I saw, it didn't look to be building with a lot of reusable material in it. Looks like cinder blocks and a torch down roof.

With construction and building debris consisting of 30%-50% of most landfills, every little bit of re-using material helps. I didn't think there was much to this building either, but as they tore into it I saw bricks falling out and some decent structural beams. The beams alone could have been worth several thousand dollars.

The mayor has declared deconstruction a high priority. Most people don't realize that our landfill is near capacity, we're nearing our limit on the landfill out in the county, and the city is now looking at shipping all our garbage by train to landfills outside the area. It is a huge topic that will be making news in the coming years.

Because most of Tacoma was built out by WWII and the fact that a significant amount of building debris going to the landfill is by nature from older - sometimes historic - houses, Historic Tacoma is working with the city on the creation of a deconstruction program. If anyone is interested in helping out, please let me know!

by Gorman on 4/14/2008 @ 6:53am
I know they wanted to open the restaurant this Friday, don't know if it's been pushed back.
The last I heard, Walker should be wrapping up in June and 25th and Yakima is starting then.
Jake, they are definately still planning on construction, I've seen the plans. Although, they have cut a couple of floors.

by Erik on 4/14/2008 @ 11:10am
Jake, they are definately still planning on construction, I've seen the plans. Although, they have cut a couple of floors.

Thanks for the information Gorman. A couple of floors for what?

by intacoma on 4/14/2008 @ 11:22am
I walked past the place at 1am Sat and they had a team of workers working all night in there

by Gorman on 4/14/2008 @ 11:33am
Well, instead of 9 floors there's only 7 now (likely to cut some costs). 1.5 floors parking, .5 floor retail, 5 floors residential.

by Erik on 4/14/2008 @ 11:49am
I walked past the place at 1am Sat and they had a team of workers working all night in there

Yeah. They knocked it out during the weekend which I though was pretty nice.

by Erik Hanberg on 4/14/2008 @ 11:54am
Gorman, what do you know about where it will be located on the site? Will the main part of the building sit back from the street? If not, the Walker windows on the north side are going to be right up against a wall.

by Gorman on 4/14/2008 @ 12:52pm
I'm sorry for the confusion, I was talking about the 25th and Yakima project when Jake was saying "hopefully it's still a go", not Walker north.
So, the crew that is working on Walker is moving on to 25th and Yakima. I'm not sure what the timeframe is for Walker North.

by Erik on 4/15/2008 @ 11:03am
Now Exit 133 has later pictures of what it looks like now all cleaned up:

www.exit133.com/3122/making-way-for-the-...

Anyone have an opening date for the restaurant underneath the Walker named Maxwells?