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City Council Approves Amended Agreement and Property Conveyance for Convention Center Hotel Project

The Tacoma City Council has approved an amended agreement with Yareton Investment and Management (Washington) L.L.C., as well as property conveyance for the Convention Center hotel project. Conducted without public subsidy, the development represents one of the first major foreign direct investments in a commercial project on publicly-owned land in Tacoma. It is also the largest privately funded development downtown in the city's history. Read More →

Construction Update

The Commerce Street ramp to Lot A Garage under the Greater Tacoma Convention Center is open. Sidewalks in the vicinity of the new Convention Center A garage entrance on Commerce Street have closed and a fence has been placed to secure the development site.  

In late 2017, a free-standing crane will be erected and vertical construction is scheduled to begin. The Hotel is expected to be completed Fall 2020. 

Construction work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 AM to 5 PM, and high noise activities as well as construction truck traffic will be managed by Absher Construction to minimize impact to the surrounding neighborhood to the greatest extent possible. Construction workers will also be directed to park at off-site locations to minimize impacts on parking for the University of Washington Tacoma and area businesses.  

The Convention Center will continue to host events during construction.

Parking Information

Convention Center event attendees should visit our Parking & Directions page for additional information, including directions to Convention Center lots and alternate parking options.

For the duration of construction, access from the south of the Convention Center as well as the exterior parking lots A, B and C will be closed. Convention Center guests should enter the facility through the first floor doors at Commerce Street and the third floor doors on 15th street, and guest parking will be available in the A garage, within the Convention Center building. The A garage is accessible via the newly constructed ramp at Commerce Street. Additional guest parking will be available throughout the construction period at the D and E garages off Court C. There are also several privately owned and managed facilities in the area that may have additional parking capacity available for visitors. As parking availability will be limited depending on event timing, type and size, guests are encouraged to plan for, and allow themselves, more time to park. Convention Center clients should contact their assigned Event Manager with any parking specific questions.

About the Greater Tacoma Convention Center Hotel Project

The Convention Center hotel project, estimated to cost approximately $150 million, will be completed in two phases.

The first phase, projected to cost at least $85 million, will involve the construction of a 4-star, 300-room hotel with a 10,000 square foot grand ballroom, retail and other function rooms. The hotel operator is Interstate Hotels & Resorts in Alexandria, Va., the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. The brand is Marriott International in Bethesda, Md., which encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories.

The second phase, estimated to cost approximately $65 million, will involve the construction of approximately 200 apartments/condominiums based on market demand, with retail, after the hotel is operational.

The development is projected to boost utilization of the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and generate substantial revenue through property, sales, B&O, utility and hotel-motel taxes. It is also projected to create approximately 1,000 construction jobs and 200 full-time hotel-related jobs.

More information about the project is available through Elly Walkowiak in Community and Economic Development at 253.591.5209.