Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority (TFWDA) - Sites #8 and #9
The Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority (TFWDA) wants to redevelop two brownfields sites – Sites #8 and #9. These sites were formerly used for industrial purposes. TFWDA wants to return these sites back to Tacoma’s tax rolls. It would also like to see these two former industrial sites generate jobs like they did in the past.
TFWDA originally consisted of 17 development parcels. It covers an area of approximately 30 acres of waterfront property. These properties historically played a key role in Tacoma’s economy. Over time, TFWD properties were used as plywood plants, warehouses and the city steam plant.
Today, TFWDA consists of three large residential buildings, the Museum of Glass, a maritime museum, several marinas, an office building and a waterfront esplanade. Currently, nearly three-fourths of the TFWDA’s property has been developed. Six development sites remain for private investment, including Sites #8 and #9.
The project site covers approximately two acres. The city designated the area suitable for commercial development. TFWDA intends to market the sites as one site. Design is currently underway for the public esplanade that will serve as a predominant feature of the area.
TFWDA envisions future commercial, office and/or hotels locating on the sites. The area sits strategically between existing residential developments along the waterway. Enhanced pedestrian connections and transit stops will link the area to downtown Tacoma.