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Albers Mill Office Space?

We noticed a land use application from the owners of Albers Mills Lofts requesting an exception to allow the temporary lifting of the ground-floor pedestrian-oriented use requirement on “an interim basis.”

Proposal: Shoreline Conditional Use Permit and Shoreline Variance to allow office and other nonwater-oriented uses on the first floor of the Albers Mill building. Included in the request is a variance to requirements for retail uses at the corners of the building. No changes to the exterior of the building are proposed.

The ground floor below the 36 loft-style units is designated for “pedestrian friendly” commercial use because of its location on the waterfront.

The space currently sits empty, and supporting documents state that the former building owners had difficulty finding businesses to lease the commercial space, and ultimately lost $400,000 on the most recent tenants. According to the paperwork, a similar exemption has been granted for other property on the Foss, and the use is not prohibitted by Tacoma’s Shoreline Master Plan.

A change that could bring tenants to the building and people to the Foss seems like a good thing… or do we hold out?

Read more in the full public notice (pdf).

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That’s not an ideal retail location at all.  It would make a great office space <span class=“caps”>IMHO</span>.

August 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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It would be a great place to work.  I would love to take my luch break around there.  There are plenty of empty storefronts at Thea’s Landing and The Esplanade if Dock Street ever gets the critical mass to support retail.  Having more people down there during the day will probably help bring that about sooner.

August 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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