Renovation work on the Thea Foss Waterway can begin now that the deal is done between the City of Tacoma and Pacific Seafood.
The seafood giant purchased the city-owned property at 1199 Dock St. in a deal formalized last week with a unanimous City Council vote. The property sold for $700,000, and puts the site back onto the property tax roles. Johnny Seafood had been leasing the site until Pacific Seafood bought the local fish and clam seller in 2006. That business transaction opened the door for Pacific Seafood to buy the former leased space with plans for extensive renovations.
“This is an exciting development for the City of Tacoma, which looks forward to the new energy this will certainly infuse into the area,” said Community and Economic Development Director Ricardo Noguera. “This property was being managed by the Foss Waterway Development Authority, and the funds generated from this sale will be used to support Foss Waterway Development Authority operations in the 2013-2014 biennium.”
Pacific Seafood plans to spend $1.3 million on renovations of the 7,720- square-foot building that will include the addition of a bistro-style café and another link to the public esplanade along the waterway that will eventually connect the headwater of the Puyallup River to Point Defiance Park with a single ribbon of public water-viewing walkways.
“Being a local, Northwest, family-owned business since 1941, Pacific Seafood is proud and excited to be part of the Tacoma community through the purchase of Johnny's Seafood in 2006 and re-investment in the Foss Waterway development project in 2013,” said Bob Simon, general manager of Pacific Seafood, in a real announcing the deal. “‘Seafood heritage’ is an important part of the Tacoma waterfront history that Pacific Seafood played a behind-the-scenes role in as a vendor/supplier to Johnny's Seafood for many years. We feel it is a benefit to the community to keep this heritage alive for future generations as a seafood supplier and employer in Tacoma and the Northwest.”