Redevelopment: AOB Parking Lot
The AOB (Administrative Office Building) parking lot is the former site of the City Hall administrative offices. The lot is 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 working to sell the property to a developer, who would then redevelop the lot to increase housing options downtown.
January 28, 2021 – City Council issued a request for Letters of Intent (LOI) 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 a developer to redevelop the AOB lot. The developers are McBride-Cohen Management Group LLC. Staff instructed to begin a purchase and sale agreement with the developers.
October 27, 2021 - City Council approves the purchase and sale agreement for the AOB lot.
November 1, 2021 - Purchase and Sale Agreement signed by the City Manager and McBride-Cohen Management Group LLC.
May 29, 2022 - Preliminary site plan and design review documents for "The Ezra" submitted to the City.
April 28, 2023 - Due to the unfavorable real estate market and economic conditions, both the City and McBride-Cohen agree to end the Purchase and Sale Agreement and bow out of the project.
You are probably wondering…why is the City doing this? To fully answer that question, we need to go back 15 years. In 2005, the City engaged in an intensive planning process, 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 new 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 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. 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.
FAQ and Contact
Why is redevelopment of the AOB parking lot being considered?
In 2020, the City of Puyallup amended the City's Comprehensive Plan, which includes the revitalization our downtown core. A key piece of this revitalization includes adding more multifamily housing in our downtown, which is a goal for the redevelopment of the AOB parking lot (located at 3rd St SW & W Pioneer). 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.
What is the timeline for listing the parking lot and potential redevelopment?
Please visit the AOB Lot main page on our website for updates on this project’s deadline. Updates will be posted regularly.
How can community members participate in current and future discussions? Will we receive updates?
As the City proceeds with selecting a developer, opportunities for community members to share input will be provided. As part of that process, the City will coordinate with the chosen developer to engage in feedback with the public about the project. The City will also provide regular updates via the city website and social media about the project.
How do we submit our concerns or general comments for consideration?
You can direct all comments and questions via email.
What other transportation options are there near the Puyallup Activity Center that could be utilized?
The Puyallup Connector bus line 425 has a regular service that drops off on Pioneer Ave & 3rd St SW next to the Activity Center. For Pierce Transit routes in and out of downtown Puyallup, visit Pierce County's shuttle service page here.
What alternative parking is being considered for individuals utilizing the Activity Center and surrounding businesses?
The City is currently exploring several options for parking, including potentially adding angled on-street parking, reassigning spots in nearby City parking lots, and adding additional handicapped permit parking spots near the front of the Center. Also being considered is additional general-use parking in the downtown core, to increase options for able-bodied visitors to downtown.
Is there a parking plan being considered for vendors and attendees during special events, such as the Farmers Market, during which parking is at capacity?
As part of the Downtown Parking Study, the City will be considering wayfinding signage to better help people locate downtown parking. There is a total of 2,481 parking spaces within the Puyallup downtown area (1,519 on-street parking spaces and 962 off-street parking spaces) so the City will consider putting a plan in place to help vendors and attendees find parking during a large event.
Does redevelopment of the AOB lot mean there are plans for selling or closing the Activity Center?
No, there are no plans to sell the Puyallup Activity Center. The City created the center to act as a place where the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of Puyallup residents is promoted. We appreciate and respect our aging community and will continue to promote their participation in all aspects of community life. The Puyallup Activity Center holds a special place in our community and will continue to serve its customers.
Have additional questions? Please email us or call us at 253-864-4184.