Redevelopment: AOB Parking Lot
Summary and Background
The AOB (Administrative Office Building) parking lot is the former site of the City Hall administrative offices. The lot is in downtown behind the Puyallup Public Library near the intersection of Pioneer Avenue and 3rd Street SW. In 2008, City Hall moved their offices to its current location at 333 S Meridian, demolished the old building, and created a public parking lot with approximately 103 spaces. The City is currently in the process of selling the property to a developer, who would then redevelop the lot to increase housing options downtown.
You are probably wondering…why is the City doing this? That is a great question! To fully answer that question, we need to go back 15 years. In 2005, the City engaged in an intensive planning process, commonly called a design charrette, to outline and establish new zoning and design standards for downtown Puyallup. This process involved extensive outreach, including town halls, surveys, interviews with stakeholders, and other methods to engage public sentiment. The end goal was to establish a new vision for downtown, bustling with activity from shoppers, residents, and visitors. Then in 2008, the City of Puyallup was awarded a LIFT grant by the State Department of Commerce. A key objective of this grant award was the redevelopment of downtown, with an emphasis on converting publicly owned surface parking lots into mixed-use, transit-oriented housing.
In 2015, the City created a Comprehensive Plan, which would serve as a roadmap for the City’s long-term planning and development goals. As part of this process, the City conducted additional community outreach. This included hosting a series of Open Houses as well as creating and sending a survey out to the community. The feedback was compiled and integrated into the Comprehensive Plan as action items. One of these items was the revitalization of our downtown core. The AOB parking lot redevelopment is a critical step in accomplishing this action item within the Plan.
Downtown Puyallup is the city’s centerpiece, bustling with employees, shoppers, and residents, both young and old. Downtown includes a broad and diverse range of housing types, retail uses, services, office uses and public spaces. It allows more people to live close to transit and enjoy convenient access to many of the places and services they use daily. A walkable, renewed Downtown featuring connected, complete streets, visitor-serving uses, and events provide destination opportunities for residents of Puyallup and the region.
As part of this process, the City understands that redevelopment of the lot may impact our residents and visitors. Especially those who utilize our Puyallup Activity Center and the Puyallup Public Library. In an effort of increasing transparency, we have created this webpage to update our residents on the project. The following sections will be updated as the project progresses. We encourage you to please check back here as more information becomes available.
Timelines and Key Dates
January 28, 2021 – City Council issued a request for Letters of Intent (LOIs) to redevelop the AOB lot.
March 17, 2021 – Deadline to submit LOIs. The City received four LOIs from prospective developers.
May 18, 2021 - City Council, at their regular meeting, selects developer to redevelop the AOB lot. The developers are McBride-Cohen Management Group LLC and Bill Riley Communities Family LLC. Staff instructed to begin a purchase and sale agreement with the developers.