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Apr. 14, 2008 at 1:24pm

Imagining a SoDo Quarter Acre

A quarter acre lot at the corner of 28th and Pacific got some brush clearing love recently. This got me thinking: how could this space be put to good use? Right now I imagine it's more of a nuisance than anything since it's usually overrun with berry bushes and likely a dumping site for all kinds of fun trash. Here's more views of the space:

It's zoned "4600 - Auto Parking" according to county records which doesn't sound like anything this area needs. So what would you do with this hunk of land perched along Pacific overlooking downtown and the tideflats with easy one and off access to and from I-5? Mixed use? Movie theater? Tacoma standard strip mall?

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by Jake on 4/14/2008 @ 1:31pm
A mixed-use building was planned for the site. The property owners had Commerce Street (non improved) vacated by the city in 2006.

Haven't heard anything about it for a while.

It is actually zoned WR and R4.

by KevinFreitas on 4/14/2008 @ 1:43pm
Wow, 2006. Guess with the recent market slump there's probably no chance anything will take off here.

Guess the county needs to update their records. I know I'd sure love some street level food options since this lot is kitty corner from our office. Hopefully more "mixed" than just having one spot for that sort of thing on the first floor. We need density but thoughtfully done.

Mixed use would be cool especially if there were a couple floors available for retail and office space with living quarters above. Something in the more affordable price range for housing would be nice.

by pongo on 4/14/2008 @ 1:58pm
community gardens to feed the city on all empty lots!

by thriceallamerican on 4/14/2008 @ 2:12pm
Auto parking...haha. Can we just put a bunch of cars on blocks there to make a statement? What an odd type of zoning...

by KevinFreitas on 4/14/2008 @ 2:15pm
I know, seemed like a weird designation period.

A community garden/park here would work really well. Could be a difficult spot for other viable development 'cause the eastern boundary is the Pacific Ave. onramp to southbound I-5. Still, some food or drink right across the street from work would rock.

by thriceallamerican on 4/14/2008 @ 2:38pm
Wait...what about the spindle?

It would be like a big monument to transportation (that and the Lemay museum), you could see it from the freeway, AND it would totally fit the zoning requirement.

(And then we could surround it with a cool community garden, to make up for the ridiculousness.)

by KevinFreitas on 4/14/2008 @ 2:54pm
Not in my backyard! ;) Not in Tollefson either. Eesh.

by drizell on 4/14/2008 @ 3:27pm
The 4600 is actually the use code used by the Assessor's office to judge the value of the property. Perhaps cars were being parked on the property when the assessment was completed. If I recall correctly, there was a SEPA review already completed for this site that would have allowed a five-story building.

by Erik on 4/14/2008 @ 8:44pm
This area is bizzare.

There are acres behind the UWT that look like a bomb was dropped years ago. Then there's a single building every 100 yards or so that escaped the wrecking ball. One of the least populated areas in the city is directly adjacent to downtown.

Ultimately, it would be cool to have some high intensity housing with a plaza in the middle and a walkway up and down the hill to feed the downtown area.



www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/18...

by jenyum on 4/14/2008 @ 8:55pm
There may be toxic cleanup issues in the area that hinder development. This is the deal behind some of the vacant land near UWT, I think.

Someday I must tell the long story behind "Gas Station Park" on S 48th and Park Ave. There's more than meets the eye underneath some of the vacant plots of land around here, and cleaning it up takes a massive amount of money and determination.


by NineInchNachos on 4/14/2008 @ 10:15pm
how about our own Cadillac ranch?

Cadillac ranch

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