TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Aug. 7, 2009 at 10:45am

Brewery District Hotel Redux

You may recall that back in December a development firm presented to the City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) a plan to tear down the century-old former Heidelberg Brewing Company headquarters and build a 160-room hotel (Holiday Inn Express) in the city's Brewery District. If you were anywhere near City Hall during that meeting, you probably heard the collective gasps of landmarks commissioners as they were presented with this . . .

The commissioners told the developer to go back to the drawing board and come up with a design that would fit in better with the old brick buildings that make up the area.

Fast-forward eight months, and the LPC is scheduled to get an update on the revised design next week. If you are interested in attending, the meeting will be held Weds., Aug. 12 at 5:00 p.m. at 728 St. Helens, Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16. Agenda is here. Meeting packet is here.

As a preview, here are the revised design plans scheduled to be reviewed next week by the commission . . .

According to the meeting materials, the arrows denote how the new design has been improved to better relate to the surrounding area. If you pore over the meeting packet, you will find three pages of notes addressing this issue. But here are the items I found most interesting (and I'm quoting directly from the materials here):

#2D -- Windows on upper floors are of size appropriate for a hotel and are of similar size
to adjacent structures;

#5 -- Roof Shapes and Materials / The proposed building features roof lines similar to the existing Heidelberg building and adjacent structures. Most buildings in the adjacent area have flat roofs with simple cornice treatment;

#6A -- The brick chosen is uniform in color, size and texture to adjacent buildings;

#6B -- The upper floor of the building is proposed to be stucco simple in form to match surrounding buildings.

Similarly, here are some images of the project's massing . . .

comments [8]  |  posted under Brewery District, Historic, Hotel, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 8/7/2009 @ 11:07am
all that is missing is smoke stacks and a water tower :)

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/7/2009 @ 2:39pm
I like much better.

by jenyum on 8/7/2009 @ 2:50pm
Still not much in the way of eyes on the street but I suppose it's the best we can get and accommodate the parking.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/7/2009 @ 2:56pm
Given that:
1) Marriott is corporate
2) What was originally proposed

I think it's certainly palatable. Not my preference either, but decent.

by Nick on 8/7/2009 @ 3:31pm

Agreed. The way I see it, we have at least passed that threshold where we won't look back on this and regret allowing them to build it.

Beyond that, it's hard to complain or want to go against any kind of development happening in this economic environment.

by KevinFreitas on 8/7/2009 @ 4:05pm
Wow, this is a significant improvement. Bravo to the City for sticking to it's standards (cough! ugly berm! cough!). It's great to see how the developer is looking to elements of nearby buildings. Shame they can't go underground more with the parking and have more street-level retail options but I'd wager the composition of the hillside is gravel and clay which doesn't bode well for too much underground.

Otherwise, I hope this becomes a welcome development and much-needed considering the upcoming hotel needs for large events like the US Open and LeMay museum.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/7/2009 @ 5:29pm
You could have Bermside views from the top floor!

by pietogo on 8/7/2009 @ 8:17pm
this looks virtually identical identical to the beloved courtyard by marriott situated in front of the convention center on pacific.


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