Tacoma Urbanist

Dec. 14, 2011 at 10:14am

Miracle on Yakima Ave: Jackson Building Nearly Completed

The new look of the three sectioned apartment building on 25th and Yakima in downtown Tacoma on the edge of Hilltop.  Much needed affordable market rate housing. 

Tacoma Tacoma needs a few more hundred buildings like this in downtown (but taller) and the city might have a thriving downtown again.

Previously, Jackson Building Grinds to a halt

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by Erik on 12/14/2011 @ 10:22am
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by Erik on 12/14/2011 @ 10:23am
Future look of the building:

by Erik on 12/14/2011 @ 10:25am
Former looks:

by Erik on 12/14/2011 @ 10:25am
Go Hilltop!

by Nick on 12/14/2011 @ 11:16am


by KevinFreitas on 12/14/2011 @ 11:39am
Yeah, that's really good stuff. More density like this please! The more people living in/around downtown will help encourage so many other great things but it's gotta start somewhere and, clearly, history has shown us that small shops don't encourage people to live downtown. What are the true anchors? The new grocery store? A well-known retailer? First-run movie theater? It's happening, ladies and gentlemen.

by Jake on 12/14/2011 @ 12:00pm
Now what to rename the building? Would be nice to incorporate the neighborhood name or street into the name.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/14/2011 @ 12:32pm
This is good news!
While I was strangely fond of the yellow color, I am super-pleased about it's completion. Along (of course) with the completion of the Midtown Lofts on Fawcett.

I'd say in a way we are fortunate that the buildings that stalled put aren't particularly huge. Why? Well, it's a lot harder to finish a 1100 foot building that is only 1/4 done or a 2000 footer that's just a huge hole in the ground. My apologies to Chicago...

As for the Jackson building... It's 150 units or something?

I'd love to see more 100+ unit buildings built.
Not to be too picky or anything, but I'd rather see a bunch of 18+ story 150 unit buildings rather than a bunch of 5 story sprawled-out 150 unit buildings.

by KevinFreitas on 12/14/2011 @ 1:15pm
Totally agree re: density @Thorax. Imagine a downtown Tacoma where every empty block was filled with similar height/sized buildings? It'd be amazing! Be fun to take population data for the area and determine how many of such buildings it would take to move them all into the urban core and how many empty or parking lots we have down here.

by fredo on 12/14/2011 @ 1:57pm
Not familiar with this project except I know it was stalled for a long time. Is it some sort of subsidized housing or just affordably priced?

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/14/2011 @ 2:23pm
@ Fredo: market-rate apartments, non-subsidized.

Interestingly enough, it was bought and finished by a Chicago-based company.

by Erik on 12/14/2011 @ 3:54pm
Not to be too picky or anything, but I'd rather see a bunch of 18+ story 150 unit buildings rather than a bunch of 5 story sprawled-out 150 unit buildings.

Me too. One step at a time. As the price keeps going up, the market will continue to support more dense building. Until then, we are going to see more mid rises. However, the market has to be able to take the intermediate steps.

The project had been stalled for so long it could have been a center for crime and dysfunction. Now, it is going to be home for a ton of people who will (hopefully) shop in downtown, Hilltop and Stadium.

Is it some sort of subsidized housing or just affordably priced?

Fortunately, market based. However, the units are small and given the location will be very affordable.

No one seems to want to buy condos these days but there are plenty of people willing and able to live downtown and other places in apartments.

Another huge apartment building is being built right by the Tacoma Mall as well.

by Jake on 12/14/2011 @ 6:59pm
I don't think I have heard what the intentions of the developer were for the building, market rate or subsidized. I would think with the proximity to UWT and with all of the new development in the McCarver neighborhood it would be market rate but you never know.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/14/2011 @ 7:26pm
I believe that I read that the new developers intend to capitalize on the close access to multiple hospitals, the university and JBLM.

What that pencils out to, I don't know.

by fredo on 12/14/2011 @ 8:41pm
Too bad michael never lived long enough to see this place completed.

by Erik on 12/15/2011 @ 3:09pm
The nearby Villa on Market filled up pretty quick. Hopefully, the Jackson Building will as well. Yes, lots of military folks who are choosing to live in Tacoma.