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Sep. 10, 2009 at 11:29am

City of Tacoma Moves Forward on Selling Surplus Substation Properties

Following up on this post:

The City of Tacoma has just posted a request for bids on three former substation sites located at 1801 N. Orchard Street, 1009 South 35th Street, and 3404 South 45th Street, Tacoma, Washington.

Here's the text of the email that went out this morning:


The City of Tacoma invites you to submit a bid or proposal response to a recently issued solicitation.


Request for Bids

Surplus Real Property Sale - Warner Substation Site, Lincoln Park Substation Site and Downing Substation Site

Specification Nos. PT09-0582F, PT09-0583F & PT09-0584F

Project Scope: The City of Tacoma Real Property Services is seeking bids from persons or parties interested in purchasing the properties located at 1801 N. Orchard Street, 1009 South 35th Street, and 3404 South 45th Street, Tacoma, Washington.

To view and download an electronic copy of the complete bid solicitation document, visit the City of Tacoma Purchasing website at and click on “Contracting Opportunities”.

You must register as a bid holder to be notified of any amendments or updates to the original published bid solicitation document

Click here to fill out a vendor questionnaire [link broken] and provide the City of Tacoma a better understanding of the needs of our vend or community.  Please complete and return to whether or not you intend to submit a bid/proposal.


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by Erik on 9/10/2009 @ 12:06pm
How big are the lots?

by morgan on 9/10/2009 @ 1:21pm
Most of the lots (all?) are zoned residential and could easily accomidate a townhome built on them.

Question: is it wise to sell in a down market?

Question: is there some other way the community could put these properties to use - such as for community gardens and pocket parks? Many cities larger and smaller than Tacoma operate community garden programs. Saddly, the City of Tacoma currently does not.

by KevinFreitas on 9/10/2009 @ 2:35pm
It would so be nice for them to leverage these as gardens or parks. Seems a shame they'd just try and make a quick buck off them especially when public land in these parts seems limited especially in our 'hoods.

by fredo on 9/10/2009 @ 9:05pm
Putting houses on these lots will improve the city in the following ways. Cash will be generated from the sale of the property, from the required permitting, and from the periodic property tax collections. Moreover, the city will be forcing higher density into the city as the Growth Management Act requires. The construction of the residences will provide a fair amount of economic activity for the construction trades. The city has plenty of park land already. In fact Pt. Defiance park is one of the largest city parks in the United States. These properties are too valuable to turn into cabbage patches.

by Rith on 9/11/2009 @ 1:00pm
There were several meeting discussing turning them into parks or gardens. There was more than one announcmemt about it. I didn't go, so don't know how it went. However I would assume that if they are for sale now, it's because no one stepped up to the plate to take the lead on a garden or park project. There are already several community gardens in Tacoma. I live a few blocks away from one.

by tacoma1 on 9/11/2009 @ 7:45pm
Weird, but I agree with fredo.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/11/2009 @ 8:01pm
I know what to do with the surplus properties. Put in a vertical farm or some 400' tall wind turbines or a solar tower on them. Be on the cutting edge of this "green" fad and win some mad gigbucks from Uncle Sam. Seriously. Put the words "green" or "climate change" or "alternative energy" or "sustainability" on to something and watch the dollars appear out of thin air.

Maybe said projects attract some of these mythical "green revolution" companies that are supposedly supposed to save the economy...