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Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:00am

Luzon Brick: 501 E. 11th

industrial, but abandoned

Not every dilapidating building in Tacoma is on a historical register, nor necessarily highly visible. Today, I'm addressing the property at 501 E. 11th Street. Formerly occupied and owned by a company called "Bees Industry", this pair of four-story tall warehouses has been sitting vacant for at least 5 years, as my sources tell me. Although, it looks like it hasn't been painted in 30 years.

With easy access to downtown cut off by the 11th Street Bridge being out of service and the building's location being very much industrial, it has slipped under many people's radar. However, it's location is prime with easy access to the City Waterway and also being directly in the path of those who will be commuting to their jobs at Urban Waters once finished.

What could be done with this structure? Here are a few pictures to help you think.

From the bridge deck of the 11th street bridge

Detail of the space between the attached warehouses

Yours truly

Notice of abandonment.

It's neighbor across the street, in the shadow of the high-rises of downtown. They're hiring, and I inquired within. Apparently they are not in need of the skills provided by a Brick. They need fitters and welders, neither of which I can do. If you have those skills, the phone number they painted on the wall is 253-396-1400

While I was in the neighborhood, I thought I'd also address another decaying property on my list. Be sure to look next week for my posting on the 11th Street Bridge.

comments [14]  |  posted under dilapidating buildings, Luzon Brick, Tacoma


by seejane on 11/20/2009 @ 12:35am
3 floor roller rink

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/20/2009 @ 12:44am
Roller rink=awesome. I'd strap on my blades and go.

See all those corrugated fiberglass panels over the windows? Imagine that replaced with crisp glass windows, a fresh paint job and cleaning up all the rusty metal debris out front. Picture it?
I do, and I see what could be the most bitchin' location for art studios. Hell, maybe even live/work, if the zoning could be adjusted.

by panachronic on 11/20/2009 @ 4:32am
Oh, good grief. Now are we supposed to get all mushy about a derilect old fire trap on the tideflats? Puh-lease.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/20/2009 @ 7:50am
This was one of the potential sites for Northwest Territorial Mint's new manufacturing facility to be colocated with the new Museum of Money and Minting, but when the state reversed the sales tax exemption on investment bullion last year, the mint announced its move to Nevada. Nevada- the South Carolina of the West!

by NineInchNachos on 11/20/2009 @ 8:07am
man we could of had a mint!? bummer!!!

by Mark Monlux on 11/20/2009 @ 8:41am
Is it just me, or does it cry out, "Slaughterhouse Horrorhouse 2010"?

by The Jinxmedic on 11/20/2009 @ 9:31am
This state will continue to lose existing manufacturing jobs to more business-friendly states, that's just the way it is.

by morgan on 11/20/2009 @ 10:15am
Indoor waterpark!

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/20/2009 @ 10:47am
@ panachronic:
"Oh, good grief. Now are we supposed to get all mushy about a derilect old fire trap on the tideflats? Puh-lease."

Actually, I think the Brick itself doesn't look for only historic structures. If you look at it's blog description:

"I've decided to devote my time to bringing awareness to other dilapidating structures".

I'd say it's spot-on in it's mission. Besides, even if this warehouse is junky and old, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be fixed up and made to look nice... I'd rather that be done and a new business moves in there than it just being left to cave in or burn down.

by jenyum on 11/20/2009 @ 10:39pm
Hmmm... an even bigger airsoft CQB facility...

by fredo on 11/21/2009 @ 9:07am
Thanks to the organized labor movement and the burdensome regulations of government at all levels there is no longer any need to preserve facilities for future manufacturing.

Perhaps we could have this place knocked down to accommodate more parking for the urban waters building.

by Jesse on 11/21/2009 @ 9:54am
Maybe they could use this building to house all the LeMay cars that are currently not on display at the museum when it opens.
Maybe "LeMay Restorations International, LLC". I'd love to have them restore a 1979 VW Westfalia Camper Bus in Lime Green with plaid interior... oops, did I just write that down?
An indoor waterpark would be awesome.
Move the powdercoating business that is currently at Foremost Dairy to this spot so Foremost can be restored during the down time that the area will probably have during the ST train construction.

by Mofo from the Hood on 11/22/2009 @ 10:20pm
TideFlats Square Shopping Mall

by Altered Chords on 11/23/2009 @ 9:05am
I am not interested in the recommendations of a brick. I would prefer to hear from a box of rocks.


I'm a now unemployed Brick. My old job at the Luzon was unexpectedly ended, and I find myself a 120 year-old looking for work is a very bad economy.
So, I've decided to devote my time to bringing awareness to other dilapidating structures, in hope that they too don't get razed and left as yet more parking.

As one of the Oldest Citizens of Tacoma and as a piece of history itself, I say it is high time we worked harder to save our history.

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