Tacoma Urbanist

Jan. 15, 2008 at 12:19am

Mecca Condos by Gintz

Each day, the Gintz Group is making progress in turning the former Stothart Hotel better known as "Mecca Theater" into a speakeasy theater and pub.  The long abandoned living spaces are being turned into affordable condos.

Last year, Ron Gintz was apparently discouraged by city from ever using the word Mecca again:

“I know over at City Hall they would like us to lose the name ‘Mecca’ completely. But it is part of the building’s past,” said Ron Gintz, former mayor of Federal Way and chief operating officer of The Gintz Group.

Now, the Gintz Group is not only keeping the name Mecca, they are also using some of theme in their marketing:

"Come Take a Peep, You'll Like What You See*"


The entry point for Mecca Condominiums will be lower than originally thought.  The least expensive unit will be offered for $199,999. 

List Price: $199,999     Interest Rate: %
Down Payment: Monthly Payment: $1,007*
Parking: The Mecca is located at the apex of every conceivable parking and transit option Tacoma has.  Buy each one in the amount you choose.  This has worked with many other historical apartment and condos in Tacoma and can here too.

When downtown Tacoma gets on its feet, deals like this are not going to be around much longer. 

For more information, see:


Listing Agent

Miller Condominium Marketing or



About three weeks ago:

From the site:

This beautiful historic building is located in the heart of downtown Tacoma’s revitalized theater district. Studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units available. Multiuse of building includes 12 residential condos, commercial space on Commerce level and a hip restaurant/movie theatre on the Broadway level. Steps from a link station connecting you to the Convention Center, UW Tacoma campus and the Tacoma Dome.

Thank you for your interest in this property. We are currently in the planning and construction phase and plan to have units available for purchase in spring of 2008.

More more information see: Inside the Mecca Theater (Old Pictures)

 *Photo with permission from RR Anderson.

comments [5]  |  posted under tacoma, washington


by izenmania on 1/15/2008 @ 8:30am
You can read my thoughts when I first saw the ad here.

Interesting stuff, if a little misguided in parts.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2008 @ 8:53am
I'm happy they stuck with the name.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2008 @ 9:02am
design police stickers

by Erik on 1/15/2008 @ 11:02am
A peep? Really? I'd call it a little over the top, but I'll accept it. They know that everyone (or at least everyone who's old enough to buy a condo) in Tacoma knows what that venue used to be, and rather than shying from it, they've embraced it.

Thanks izenmania. They could have sold it like a retirement home. But they went for local and edgy.

by NineInchNachos on 1/23/2008 @ 10:49am
I stand corrected, this IS a Rusty George piece. It turns out a Bellevue marketing firm snaked out and is taking credit for their hard work.