Pierce County Gives Go-Ahead to Pre-Design Measures for New Facility

Tacoma’s office market might take a hit as reports claim that Pierce County is looking to consolidate its employees into one standalone office property. As county officials are currently occupying eight different office buildings throughout the city, there might be a number of owners who will scramble to find new tenants in order to fill up the space that Pierce County might be vacating.

Tacoma’s office market might be about to take a hit, as reports claim that Pierce County is looking to consolidate its employees into one standalone office property. As county officials are currently occupying eight different office buildings throughout the city, a number of owners may soon be scrambling to line up new tenants to fill the space as Pierce County vacates it.

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a recent vote will allow Pierce County to dig into a local fund and take $1 million for use in the pre-design stages of development for a new office facility. The journal speculated that one of the best spots for a project of this kind is the former Puget Sound Hospital lot at 3580 Pacific Ave. Discussions about gathering county employees into a new facility has been going on for about a year.

Back in June, the Business Examiner wrote that Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy had commissioned a feasibility study on bringing together the 17 different departments that would be housed in the new property and had received a preliminary go-ahead. At that time, it was still unclear whether McCarthy would seek approval from the County Council’s design commission, and the Pierce County Annex was thought to be the site for the development before interest shifted to the hospital site.

Now, with approval to begin pre-design measures and the funding in place, the 2,950 employees included in the 17 departments might just need to start moving soon. The measure would also ease citizen access to records and to the involved departments, as PSBJ notes that only criminal records would not be stored at the proposed facility.