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Landmark Coca-Cola building for sale

by fredo
on 5/28/2009 @ 7:19am
The Coca-Cola distribution facility located at 3333 S. 38th is listed for sale. The starting bid is $1.2M. These commercial properties come up for sale every once in a while, but I thought this property was especially worth discussing because of it's history. The administrative portion of the property, the part that overlooks the Nalley Valley, was built in 1900. That would certainly make it one of the oldest buildings still standing in the area. I'm not certain, but I think it was a sanitarium for a number of years. All right you feedtacoma opinion leaders, what do you think the best use of this unusual property is?

by KevinFreitas on 5/28/2009 @ 7:35am
Here's a pic via Google Streets:

Not sure what it could work as. For some reason a roller skating rink is coming to mind. I could say McMenamin's but I'm kinda' burned on them for not already being in Tacoma. It'll probably end up being another distribution facility of some sort or maybe a home furnishings kind of place.

by thriceallamerican on 5/28/2009 @ 8:16am
From the Library's Pierce County Building Index (states that the building itself was built in 1912...oddly no pictures):

City Contagious Hospital / City Detention Station
Agnes Fletcher, Dr. Edwin Janes & Roy Mason, arch.
-bldg. used as W.P.A. (Work Projects Admin.) headquarters during the Depression
-used for defense workers housing during World War II
-occupied by Coca-Cola Bottling since 1948
TDL 7/19/1912 p.4 Permit is issued for new hospital
TDL 12/15/1912 p.12 City's contagious hospital opened
TDL 2/19/1913 (il)
TDL 1/25/1914 Anniversary Edition p.43 (il)
TDL 6/2/1918 p.B5 New detention home opened in South Tacoma
TDL 7/14/1918 p.B5 Heat hospital by electricity
TDL 2/4/1927 p.3 City Detention Station opens; adequate facilities
available now for treatment of diseased women
TDL 5/8/1927 p.A13 City hospital is now ideal
TDL 3/7/1928 p.12 Laundry to save hospital costs
TDL 1/13/1929 p.A6 Four women make escape from city hospital
TDL 1/19/1929 p.5 City may close detention home
TDL 1/31/1929 p.12 City Detention Ward is closed
TDL 2/3/1937 p.2 Contagious Hospital of city closed
352 T117T 7/20/1912 (floor plans); 12/20/1912 p.4; 8/20/1913 p.3
(Catalog)979.7788 R278S p.40 (il)
W.P.A. Headquarters
T.Times 7/17/1940 Lease on contagious hospital is renewed
T.Times 3/17/1943 Contagious Hospital leased to government
TNT 3/18/1943 p.21 City leases WPA Building (to be converted into apts.
for war workers)
TNT 7/1/1946 p.13 City to sell old pest house
TNT 7/10/1946 p.14 Council Okays pest house sale
TNT 7/16/1946 p.1 May renege on sale of pest house
TNT 7/17/1946 p.1 Pest house sale upheld
Coca-Cola Bottling, Inc.
TNT 10/1/1948 p.1 Outlay to be $250,000
(bottling plant and warehouse by Sigmund Ivarsson
of Seattle, arch. and Mowat Brothers Construction
Co. of Seattle, contr.)
South Tacoma Star 2/23/1950 p.B4 One of South Tacoma's recent
additions (il)
TNT 9/5/1950 p.23 Amateurs fail to blast
open safe
Tacoma's Monthly 11/2/1994 p.7 The pest (ilence) house of Tacoma (il)
TNT 2/11/2002 p.SL1 Pesthouse survivor;
quarantine facility still exists as Coca-Cola office,
warehouse (il)
-print at TPL (Richards Coll. #A13966-1, A13966-3)

TNT = Tacoma News Tribune
TDL = Tacoma Daily Ledger
T.Times = Tacoma Times

by morgan on 5/28/2009 @ 9:21am
I love this building! I can see it being a great facility for a community food-based business incubator. It's great to support local formers during the traditional summer growing season, but canning/bottling local food would make it available year-round. The Economic Development Corporation of Sandpoint of Sandpoint, Idaho has a great case study for one - Lighthouse salad dressing came out of that incubator.

by Angela Jossy on 5/28/2009 @ 11:26am
What a cool idea Morgan!

by Dave_L on 5/28/2009 @ 11:35am
1943 Richards Studio photo from TPL's South Sound Album:

Same photo on page 40 of this Arcadia book on South Tacoma:

More on area hospitals starting on page 120:

More Richards Studios photos from TPL:

(For some reason they don’t always have all the available images linked to the Building Index.)

by morgan on 5/28/2009 @ 1:20pm
thriceallamerican: thanks for posting the cool history info.
W.P.A. (Work Projects Admin.) headquarters?!
Contagious hospital?!
Treatment of diseased women?!
City Detention Ward?!

Thrice: If I'm hearing you right, I think you're saying this property should be placed on the historic registry.

by jenyum on 5/29/2009 @ 10:17am
LOL, I love the detention facility for diseased, contagious women background.

I think your idea is brilliant, Morgan. Tacoma Food Coop location?

by thriceallamerican on 5/29/2009 @ 10:35am
Now Morgan, that would be putting words into my mouth... But of course I love the building. Not that I have any sway towards, well, anything.

Not sure this is a good spot for the food coop, because 1) it's in a mostly non-residential and un-walking-friendly area, and 2) it's ridiculously close to Marlene's.

by Derek on 9/4/2009 @ 3:58pm
I found this thread doing a Google search about the building. Great information here!
This building is actually going to be the new home of Griot's Garage Headquarters and Retail Store ( I work for the company and thought I'd pass on the information to you guys since we are extremely excited about the new place. We plan on covering the renovation on our blog ( Feel free to pass on as much information as you have about the place (old pictures, unique aspects of the building, etc).

by morgan on 9/4/2009 @ 4:19pm
Very cool!

I'm glad it won't be torn down for condos.

Plus! Score one for Tacoma for luring a business away from Fife - who, unlike Tacoma, has no B&O tax.

by fredo on 11/17/2009 @ 12:01pm
Not much chance this building will placed on the historic register, it's been torn down.

by morgan on 11/17/2009 @ 12:24pm
WHAT!? I just drove by a week or two ago and it had been painted a hideous shade of light blue. What happened?!

by thriceallamerican on 11/17/2009 @ 12:43pm
Wait, what? For serious?

by Altered Chords on 11/17/2009 @ 1:51pm
Didn't Griot's Garage buy it?

by ixia on 11/17/2009 @ 2:56pm
Eric Anderson is building a parking garage?

by Jake on 11/17/2009 @ 4:50pm
I thought they were tearing down a smaller building on the site and leaving the larger building.

by jenyum on 11/17/2009 @ 5:36pm
I don't see anything on their blog about that (they were happy about using the old space in their original posts) are you sure it's gone? If I had the car tonight I'd drive out and go see.

by fredo on 11/17/2009 @ 6:20pm
The older building on the west side of the warehouse was the historic one. It's torn down. The remaining structure is the warehouse.