At the developer’s expense, work to construct a ramp from Commerce Street into the parking garage under the Greater Tacoma Convention Center – as well as additional dock space adjacent to the existing ones on Market Street – has begun. 

Sidewalks in the vicinity of the new Convention Center A garage entrance on Commerce Street have closed to enable ramp construction, and a fence will be placed to secure the development site on April 20 blocking access to the surface lots and the Carlton parking structure at South 17th and Commerce streets. Heavy construction equipment will be stationed at the development site during that time in preparation for construction of the building. 

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.  

From April 20, for the duration of construction through the summer of 2019 when the new hotel is projected to open, 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 would 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 would be 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.

The Convention Center will continue to host events during construction.

About the Greater Tacoma Convention Center Hotel Project

The first phase of construction is expected to realize a minimum 4-star hotel with at least 300 rooms, in-hotel retail and approximately 10,000 square feet of street level retail, 10,000 net square feet of grand ballroom space, and 9,000 net square feet of other function rooms within the hotel, while providing the Greater Tacoma Convention Center first right of use at market rate, not less than 200 private parking stalls and a plaza/grand entryway. 

A second phase is also being contemplated by the developer, which would include a minimum of 200 condominiums and/or market rate apartments, at least 20,000 square feet of street level retail and not less than 200 private parking stalls. The developer may also construct commercial office space as part of the mixed use development. 

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