Mar 15, 201605:48 PMBlog
New proposal emerges for consolidated Pierce County offices
Months after voters turned down a proposal for general services building that would have consolidated offices for Pierce County employees, a new proposal was announced today to provide new facilities.
The new concept would provide new offices for County workers, as well as for two independent government agencies: South Sound 911 and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
The proposal includes the sale of the existing Health Department and Sound View buildings and land to South Sound 911. The County would then use the proceeds from that sale to raze the Health Department and the Sound View buildings, as well as the old Puget Sound Hospital. Pierce County would purchase an existing building across Pacific Avenue to house the Health Department and Community Connections. The Heath Department would be a tenant in the County-owned facility.
According to an announcement from the County, the proposal is the culmination of months of exploration into saving money, combining offices for departments with aligned work, and moving County workers into outdated buildings.
“While this is still just a concept in the due diligence phase, we believe this is an elegant solution with many benefits,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarty, who noted that a series of community meetings will be held to solicit feedback and comment from residents in the Lincoln neighborhood and other Council districts.
If the concept moves forward, the proposed project would eventually face a Pierce County Council vote.