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You know that skeleton of an office building in Tumwater? It’s finally coming down

A proposed office building in Tumwater that was stymied by the Great Recession, and then sat unfinished as a steel skeleton for at least a decade, is finally coming down, according to city of Tumwater and Port of Olympia officials.
A proposed office building in Tumwater that was stymied by the Great Recession, and then sat unfinished as a steel skeleton for at least a decade, is finally coming down, according to city of Tumwater and Port of Olympia officials. Rolf Boone

An office building under construction in Tumwater that was stalled by the Great Recession, and then sat unfinished as a steel skeleton for at least a decade, is finally coming down, according to city of Tumwater and Port of Olympia officials.

The city last month received a request for a demolition permit to disassemble the 80,000-square-foot structure. The unfinished building sits on property owned by the port at 7185 Cleanwater Drive SW. It is next door to the office building that is home to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Tumwater permit manager Chris Carlson said last week that the site is subject to some environmental review before the demolition permit can be issued. However, he expects the city to issue a determination of non-significance about mid-January — meaning an environmental impact statement would not be required — followed by the permit toward the end of the month. Work might begin in February, he said.

Sometime before or near the Great Recession, the port signed a long-term ground lease with a company called Airdustrial Equity LLC that was developing office buildings for state tenants, port spokeswoman Jennie Foglia-Jones said last week.

A member of that limited liability company is Herb Simon, a Tacoma-based real estate investor, Secretary of State data show.

Simon, according to Olympian archives, developed the environmentally friendly Attorney General’s Office building next door, which was dedicated in 2007. He then embarked on the office building at 7185 Cleanwater Drive. Although work began on the structure, the recession put an end to it, Carlson said.

The company that is seeking the demolition permit is Contour Engineering LLC of Gig Harbor. As part of their work, they anticipate 24 trips a day to demolish the structure and haul steel from the site, according to city information.

Once the structure has been removed, the port has no immediate plans for the property, Foglia-Jones said.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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