Two sites ready at historic Thea Foss Waterway

Two prominent sites along the Thea Foss Waterway strategically located next to downtown Tacoma are now available to eligible developers.

The Request for Qualifications for Sites 4 and 5 has been released by the Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA).

“These sites offer a unique opportunity – we’ve got water, we’ve got land and we’ve got the newest Tacoma attractions in our neighborhood,” said Don Meyer, executive director of the FWDA.

FWDA coordinates marketing and development of publicly owned property along the Foss Waterway.

Sites 4 and 5 are premier sites, with convenient access to the Tacoma Convention Center now under construction (2004), the new Tacoma Art Museum (2003), the University of Washington Tacoma campus and the downtown business core.

The Foss is evolving into an urban waterway village.
To the south of sites 4 and 5 is Thea’s Landing, where residents will reside in upscale condominiums and apartment homes in early fall.

Within easy walking distance is the striking Chihuly Bridge of Glass and the Museum of Glass, a world-class collection of contemporary and glass art.

The museum’s brilliant cone inspires a unique architectural spirit that is emerging along the waterway.

More than 85,000 people have visited the Museum of Glass and the surrounding area since it opened in July.

They also set foot on the new public esplanade taking shape along the waterway – part of the city’s plan to connect people with the waterway’s recreational and business opportunities.

The momentum continues with the release of the RFQ for sites 4 and 5. About 78,000 square feet is available on site 4, just north of Thea’s Landing.

Continuing north along the waterway, site 5 offers about 68,000 square feet of space.

Sale or lease terms are available; sale is preferred.
Just one rule. Projects must be remarkable.

For more information, contact Don Meyer, executive director, Foss Waterway Development Authority, at 253/597-8122 or 1-888-328-8122, or by e-mail: