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Oct. 21, 2009 at 7:30am

Luzon Brick - "Allen Place" 1218, 1216-1/2 MLK

Empty for at least a decade

Greetings, all. Today I wish to share with you a three-story building on MLK, built sometime around 1920. Of course, in those days it was South K Street, seems not a lot of people remember that. Anyway, this building was supposed to be re-modeled into "Allen Place", but the developers have been in foreclosure since November 2007, owing nearly $632,000 to the bank. That is a heafty sum, even in today's worthless fiat dollar.

As far as I know, and anyone I've talked to knows, this building has sat idle for somewhere about 10 years. Rotting away. Take a look at this building and think about what it was like back in the 20s, and what it gem it <i>could</i> be.

The Front on MLK:

Yours Truly. And yes, Mr Anderson, I'll look at the camera next time. I promise. Also, here is the notice of foreclosure and the concpet of what might have been.

Amount owed.

Perhaps a theater or club was here once?

The roof. Seems to have easy enough access for vandals?

The Building's sole inhabitant:

Pay attention to this one. If you look, you can see damage in the upper floors. I am not certain how close to becoming a parking lot this building is, but it certainly has to be on the short list.

comments [18]  |  posted under 1218 MLK, Luzon Brick


by NineInchNachos on 10/21/2009 @ 7:43pm
you can see the morgan alexander / RR collaboration murals in a few of these.

Hey Mr. Brick, you should visit Mr. Mac next door for a neon pink pimp hat.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/21/2009 @ 7:54pm
Didn't the part on the left (1218) used to be an Islamic Center?

by dltooley on 10/21/2009 @ 8:11pm
Ain't it the truth!

by Earthdaughter on 10/21/2009 @ 8:17pm
What does Morgan have to say about this? I talked a while back to a man at Allen Renaissance Institute. He mentioned this project. He said it used to be a theater. Hope that brick can save this one.

by dltooley on 10/21/2009 @ 8:22pm
Hey Nine Inch - any chance you know who Charlie Clouser is?

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/21/2009 @ 11:06pm
Could be such a neat thing... a theater and a store and such things. If hilltop needs anything, it needs MLK to have more life than just the pimps and crack dealers.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 10/21/2009 @ 11:43pm
Why the beat down on MLK? When I'm up there I find more places to have lunch than I do when I'm downtown. I can't get a good bowl of pho downtown, can't find a nice bahn mi. You'll find no finer fried fish as you do at the Fish House. Want a veggie alternative, and a tasty one at that, try Quickie Two. Plenty of places to eat with barely a walk at all, I've just barely scratched the surface. I get pretty tired of MLK being run down by all the fancy commentators that have no idea of what an amazing job people are doing up on MLK. (No thanks to Felix Flannigan). If you want an amazing breakfast check out the Sons of NorwayNormana Hall for their regular breakfasts every second Sunday from October to June.

by ixia on 10/22/2009 @ 9:06am
Oh man, those pancakes are delicious. I am always surprised that there is not a line wrapped all around the block for this treat..

by Urban E on 10/22/2009 @ 12:50pm
very interesting because didn't they get 700k from the state and councilperson LW put 200k in the city budget for them? Also I heard they were going to put on a roof and do some facade improvements starting next month against the wishes of the few businesses that are there because of the holiday season and they would have to block the street with crane for 60-90 days? Sounds like someone is getting a nice salary, "again" and blowing smoke up our ass, "again"!

by Urban E on 10/22/2009 @ 1:28pm
Oh wait correction, they wanted $385k. Did they get it?

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/22/2009 @ 10:01pm
"Why the beat down on MLK?"

No beat down. My parents live on M and I've seen at least 3 drug deals in the last month. It makes me sad, really.
MLK could be so damn cool if we just got more people and life on it. You're right about the Pho, and don't forget about Johnson's Candy. Good stuff!

And if anyone remembers the hill in the 80s, we've come light years beyond that. I just want to see MLK come farther. It could be as awesome as 6th ave.

by morgan on 10/22/2009 @ 10:55pm
My sign in the window is from a previous life, as I'm no longer an agent with Coldwell Banker.

Valhalla Hall, I believe was a fraternal hall. Like most other fraternal halls - they aren't in demand too much these days. I was quite disappointed to see the building gutted. It was a beautiful building, remarkably intact.

Before the current owners purchased it, I took a tour and recorded these photos:

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/22/2009 @ 11:20pm
Those are some wicked photos. Imagine (despite the decline of Fraternal organizations) what that space could be used for.

Seriously, turn that sucker into a real ballroom and have Studio 6 expand there. That could be so awesome!

by Urban E on 10/23/2009 @ 11:59am
My sources tell me the notice doesn't accurately portray the current state of delinquency at first glance and it is in the area of 30-60 days past due. That doesn't diminish the seriousness of the problem when the people's money is being used. I personally question the rationale behind how non-profits can pay so much for buildings/land and expect to ever be successfull. There also should be a city requirement for a cap on non-profit executive pay in order to use our money.

by NineInchNachos on 10/23/2009 @ 12:55pm
poor felix flannigan

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/23/2009 @ 2:10pm
Om nom nom nom

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/23/2009 @ 2:11pm
@ Urban E...
what else do your sources know? Is this thing even remotely likely to do anything except for rot?

by Urban E on 10/23/2009 @ 3:02pm
That's all I got. ARI says it's a go if they can find a tenant for the commerical space. I heard that one recently somewhere but can't put a finger on it. Ask the brick, he might remember somethin about that.
1 million from the Gates Foundation+ 700k from the State+385k from the COT= 30 days late.


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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