Clarion Inn to be Converted into 128-Unit Residential Facility

An $8 million permit has been filed to convert the permanently closed Clarion Inn site in Tacoma, Washington, into a 128-unit residential facility. The project, set to start in March 2025, aims to revitalize the 3-acre property that has remained vacant since its closure.

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Clarion Inn to be Converted into 128-Unit Residential Facility

Clarion Inn to be Converted into 128-Unit Residential Facility

A new residential development is on the horizon for Tacoma, Washington, as an $8 million permit has been filed to convert the permanently closed Clarion Inn site at 6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd into a 128-unit residential facility. The project, with a tentative start date of March 2025, aims to breathe new life into the 3-acre property that dates back to 1969.

Why this matters: This project's approval could set a precedent for repurposing underutilized commercial properties in Tacoma, potentially sparking a wave of urban revitalization efforts. Additionally, the influx of new residential units could help alleviate the city's housing shortage and provide more affordable options for residents.

The Clarion Inn property, which features a pool and was last updated in 1992, has an assessed value of $11 million. It was purchased by SM Heritage LLC in February 2020 for $10.5 million. The hotel has been listed as "permanently closed" on Google, with the closest Clarion to Tacoma now operating in Renton.

Maria Lee, a media representative for the City of Tacoma, confirmed that the pre-development request is currently in process. "The applicant is working through feasibility and is awaiting information from city staff to better understand what allowances, restrictions or conditions may be associated with scope to determine next steps," Lee stated.

The conversion of hotels into apartments has gained popularity in the Tacoma area in recent years. Sage Investment Group of Kirkland/Richland has redeveloped multiple sites in the Hosmer corridor since 2022, although they are not involved in the Clarion Inn project. The property's proximity to Interstate 5 and the Tacoma Mall makes it an attractive location for residential development.

As the City of Tacoma continues to review the pre-development request, the future of the Clarion Inn site hangs in the balance. If approved, the $8 million project could provide much-needed housing units and revitalize the property that has remained vacant since its closure. The tentative start date of March 2025 marks a potential new chapter for the site, which has been a fixture in the Tacoma Mall area for over five decades.

Key Takeaways

  • $8 million permit filed to convert Clarion Inn into 128-unit residential facility.
  • Project aims to revitalize 3-acre property vacant since hotel's permanent closure.
  • Tentative start date is March 2025, pending City of Tacoma's review.
  • Development could set precedent for repurposing underutilized commercial properties.
  • New units could help alleviate Tacoma's housing shortage and provide affordable options.