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Jan. 15, 2010 at 1:18pm

SiteCrafting Buys Downtown Building

After teasing with a little taste of our plans the other day it's now official! SiteCrafting has signed on the 615 Commerce building at the north end of downtown just across from the Elks Building and next door to Old City Hall. Via Twitter:

Under contract. 615 Commerce.

For those not familiar with the space, here it is:


(as seen from Commerce)


(as seen from Pacific)

Can't wait to move in! Plenty of due diligence remaining but it's ours if we want it and everything checks out OK.

(Full disclosure: If you hadn't already guessed, I work at SiteCrafting)

comments [28]  |  posted under business, development, sitecrafting, tacoma, technology

Comments

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 1:21pm
Nice the old city stable building ! Theater district is one step closer to an International Web Design District (IWDD)

by thriceallamerican on 1/15/2010 @ 1:21pm
I believe this is the old City stables, correct?

by thriceallamerican on 1/15/2010 @ 1:22pm
Um, jinx!

by Maria on 1/15/2010 @ 1:49pm
Beautiful building! I bet the insides are pretty nifty too.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 1:52pm
i wanna seeee

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/15/2010 @ 2:08pm
Possibly the single best location in Tacoma, particularly in the future should the project at the Elks work out. I've had quite a few clients in that building over the years and I think it is a real jewel. Great views from the Commerce Street level. Love the office off the landing on the stairs down to Pacific. I thought about SiteCrafting in that building on my way down to the waterfront. The remodels to the building over the years have not been kind to it but I suspect it is nothing SiteCrafting can't remedy or live with. I had no idea SC was looking at an entire building, nice score if you end up in it. Very cool that you also get some off street parking in the deal, and possibly a place to keep your horses in these days of peak oil.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 2:33pm
web design company with a loading dock. not fair

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 2:46pm
Very, very cool.

Theater district is one step closer to an International Web Design District (IWDD)

Yep.

This is the technology hub now of downtown with Suite 133, Artifex, Tacoma Urbanist, and Sitecrafting in the same area.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/15/2010 @ 2:53pm
Time for a refurbish of Commerce from 9th to 6th. The end of the link should not be as bleak as it is today and there is no reason it should. Lots of terrific and under utilized buildings with great street frontage. Perhaps SiteCrafting will lead the next wave in making the northern terminus of the link and inviting place. If the Elks pan out, this stretch of Commerce will be one terrific little district.

by ixia on 1/15/2010 @ 3:03pm
What a great building. Yeah!!
Let me know if you need custom tile work ...

by seejane on 1/15/2010 @ 3:13pm
no horsing around during work hours!

by KevinFreitas on 1/15/2010 @ 3:58pm
@Crenshaw: We're really looking forward to finalizing everything and moving in! It's already a great part of downtown and I can only hope that our presence (along with other improvements) will help further that along!

@seejane: LOL!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/15/2010 @ 7:14pm
Clearly the SC head quarters are at the juncture of some of Tacoma's most terrific buildings. The Northern Pacific, the Old City Hall, the Elks, and in the shadow of the Medical Arts (municipal building). Between 9th and the SC head quarters should be one of Tacoma's most amazing blocks if they'd give it some attention. Here it is, at the end of the link and it is pretty sad these days. It really needs to become a reason to eschew the university area and continue onto the end of the line. I don't think it needs much. D-Town market has got to go would be a start. Say Marlene's had a mini store there with tasty sandwiches and some groceries for the people that really want a whole foods market. I'm sure things will pick up as people start to see movement on the Elks. A lot of people will want in on that action. In my book the people of SC will be the smartest guys on the block. I know there are other web service companies near by, but dang, how good can it get?

by Jake on 1/15/2010 @ 8:19pm
I do believe Commerce north of 9th is part of the Stadium Way redo and hopefully LINK extension.

by Mandiferous on 1/15/2010 @ 8:28pm
I am so excited to be within walking distance of all the great restaurants and little shops in the area, not to mention the farmers market! With any luck we'll be moving into the new building this summer so I'll be able to walk over to the farmers market at lunch!

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 8:42pm
Farmers Market, Infinite Soups, Learning Sprout (handy for birthdays and xday)... Exit133 guys... Rusty George... Mad Hat (kinda)... Your Friendly Neighborhood Cartoonist... Frost Park... good times.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/15/2010 @ 8:43pm
Not the building I woulda guessed, but still pretty wicked.

You know, we seems to be getting a LOT of momentum these days in the north end of downtown. People, restaurants, business. All are awesome.

But do you know how Market Street got it's name? Because of the Sanitary Market that opened there, in 1909 I believe.
I think it didn't fare as well as Pike Place did because of the name. While "Sanitary" may have been a big selling point in Victorian-era Tacoma, it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.

With the momentum the hood is gaining and the success of the Farmer's market, perhaps the time has come to revisit this question? It's not like we don't have ample empty lots for the development of a Public Market in that end of Downtown.

by jenyum on 1/15/2010 @ 9:21pm
Wow, very cool building.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/15/2010 @ 9:54pm
At one time, at 11th and Market we had both the Sanitary Market and the Crystal Market. Guess that is why it was called Market Street. We do have to look back to our roots, seems what is old is new again. Sorry that the markets were torn down years ago, the Crystal Market meeting its demise in the 1970s. If you haven't seen it you might want to take a trip down to the Olympia Farmer's market. Both indoors and outdoors vendors, plenty of places to eat connected to the market if the fresh produce doesn't get to you first. During the busy season the market there is open Thurs-Sunday. During the slower season it is open weekends until Christmas when it shuts down until April. Olympia has the fraction of the population of Tacoma but it seems to love its Farmers Market. Wake up Tacoma. That money that they wanted to spend on Russell, put it towards a permanent farmers market. Now if we could only get that tasty artesian they have down in Olympia....

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/15/2010 @ 11:31pm
Sometimes if you want to do something, you have to do it yourself...

by david on 1/16/2010 @ 10:56am
Hey O'Tool, wanna open a really cool market downtown?

by fredo on 1/16/2010 @ 11:02am
Hey Kevin, I think your building would be a cool place to expand the graf garage. There is plenty of white space there for people to express themselves and this would help build esteem among Tacoma's young artists. What do you think?

by NineInchNachos on 1/16/2010 @ 12:57pm
yeah definitely hire Chris Sharp to do a cool sitecrafting ghost sign on the building!

by jenyum on 1/16/2010 @ 3:33pm
@Crenshaw: I used to fantasize about a permanent year round farmers market in the North Park Garage space, or the bus barn at 10th & commerce.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/16/2010 @ 5:28pm
The site of the old Crystal Market at 11th and Market is just big old parking lot. So many of our great old buildings in Tacoma have become parking lots. Perhaps it is time to take some of that parking space and turning it into a farmer's market. The north parking garage seems to be a good a place as any and I suspect it could quickly be converted into a semi-indoors farmer's market that could run nearly year round. A year round farmer's market downtown would be a draw to other parts of town and provide the groceries demanded by so many that think downtown lacks a grocery store. I suspect there isn't much, grocery wise, you couldn't buy at the Pike's place market, or even the Olympia Farmer's market.

by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 1/16/2010 @ 6:01pm
How awesome is this building? Super AWESOME! I use to park across the street from there when I had my store and wished I could have a store in this location. When I was downtown I was starting to work with Safe Streets to get local artist/artists to paint murals on the buildings at the Theatre District Link Stop. I believe it's a printing company that owns one of the buildings. Right now it's a dark grey color (YUCK). I even talked with a gentleman that works or maybe owns the building about my idea and he seemed pretty positive about it. When I look at the Theatre District Link stop itís a bit depressing and uninviting. It should be the best, hottest, inviting Link stop in town. (My thoughts anyway) I remember my customers would be scared to get off that stop. Well, as you can see its still looks the same. When I closed shop I stayed away from Tacoma for about 8 months. Iím just now hanging back in town again. HmmmÖ.. I think I should start up on that project again.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/16/2010 @ 9:27pm
@David:

What do you have in mind?

by The Jinxmedic on 1/17/2010 @ 8:37am
@ David
@ Thorax

I second Thorax's question.

(we are really getting into Robert's Rules of Order at the CLAW, so I want to make sure that I asked correctly).

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