Transit-Community Center Project
601 W. Franklin St.
Shelton, WA 98584
If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact
the MTA Development Manager for more project information at
360-432-5710 or the Transit-Community Center Manager for tenant
information at 360-432-5754.
GRAND OPENING JANUARY 2015
Mobility is an essential human need, no more or less vital to our
existence than clean and safe air, water and food, as well as
public safety and security.
As such, mobility is a quality of life issue, and for those
unable to provide their own mobility due to health, age, economic
or other conditions, public transit can bridge the gap.
Likewise, to ensure the well-being and future of our
society, we have chosen to provide social programs to assist our
community citizens in need.
Often, those requiring
human services rely on transit to get them there.
This project efficiently and effectively integrates the
delivery of transit and community services through transforming the
1950’s-era Washington National Guard Armory building in Shelton
into a regional multi-modal, inter-generational transit-community
The Transit-Community Center (T-CC) vision began in 2006 with the
surplus purchase from the 57 year-old National Guard of the old
Armory in Shelton. In
2008, the State provided a $235,000 Community
Project appropriation for an engineering/design study that
determined the structure to be an excellent candidate for
preservation and renovation.
In the fall of 2011, Mason Transit Authority was awarded a
$3.28 million Federal Transit Administration grant to complete the
project; the grant requires a 20% local match contribution.
Then in 2013 MTA was successful in a legislative ask and awarded
$800,000 for the project.
The intent is to repurpose the facility into a Transit-Community
Center that moves mobility management to the next level through
co-locating and seamlessly integrating public transit and
human/social service programs. The Center will provide a
variety of transit services including a waiting area, public
restrooms, regional transportation information, lost and found, bus
pass sales and other customer services, as well as hosting
community agencies, programs and services that benefit all ages
within the community.
The center will also provide citizens with information about the
advantages of using transit to reduce pollution and
enhance the environment. MTA is
working with the public in assuring that the design of the facility will enable access for all
community members to program activities. This transit-oriented
development is part of a plan to improve livability in this region.
Tenant lease revenue from public human service agencies,
private sector participants, and event rentals at the facility will
be used to cover operating and maintenance expenses.
Belief in the value of this project has led to the commitment of a
significant federal investment, and it is now up to us to step up
to the plate with our local match.
Funds will be used to renovate the existing 18,500 square
foot structure with the upgrades necessary to comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
MTA, in partnership with the Community Center Association,
anticipates approaching the State Legislature for assistance with
an appropriation of State funds to match the support within Mason
County for this project of regional significance.
In addition to legislative asks, efforts will be applied to
a variety of fundraising activities;
such as, pavers sponsored from donations made by community
This project is integral to enhancing the quality of life for
Mason County residents, particularly in the City of Shelton,
revitalizing the downtown and increasing economic vitality while
enhancing public transit as a viable solution to reducing
pollution, vehicle miles travelled, and traffic congestion.
THE PUBLIC BENEFIT
The Transit-Community Center will provide employment opportunities
for the duration of the construction phase and leave a valuable
asset to the citizens of Mason County.
This project will enhance local efforts to coordinate
community transportation resources and reduce duplicative trips
through consolidating destinations to a variety of social programs.
The T-CC will support more of these resources as well as
micro-businesses and job training in addition to contributing to
economic development and tourism opportunities in the region.
The renovated facility will:
a link between multi-modal transportation (bus, cycling, and
a centralized location where people of all ages can come to
meet, receive services, recreate, learn and
socialize, making their connections through public transit,
housing activities that include:
Community and Transit information
gatherings, classes and meetings
Youth and senior programs
Indoor athletics and other active programs
Social and human services agency offices
Private business enterprise
Disaster relief shelter
THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Summary of Improvements - Phase I
Demolish existing garage and build a new addition with an
upgraded foundation as required by revised building codes
1st floor of the addition to be approximately 3400 square feet
of finished space. These premises will house the MTA on-site
staff, the driver break room and restrooms, the facility
manager, the public restrooms, and the public computer lab
2nd floor of addition will be approximately 3400 square feet of
unfinished space for future office or conference space. To be
core and shell only at the end of Phase I.
Construct a covered, non-conditioned plaza area of
approximately 4200 square feet. This space is located between
the new structure and the existing armory building
Paving to include new covered area, new sidewalk, and
pedestrian path into street and alley
Reface the Franklin St wall of the existing armory by adding
storefront for future retail tenants. This will add
approximately 200 square feet to the armory building
Add a “back corridor” between the gym and the potential retail
to facilitate access to the gym, retailers, and program spaces
Retain, refurbish and refinish gym floor
Add storefront to atrium facing wall in gym
Demo out old carpet and tile in all program spaces
Paint all interior program spaces
Paint exterior of building
Erect a canopy that covers the sidewalk along Franklin Street
Street frontage improvements per City code along Franklin and
New electrical service for additional metered spaces
Improvements - Future Phases
EXISTING ARMORY BUILDING
Re-roof Armory Building. Scope includes tear off of extra
roofing material, install ˝ plywood diaphragm and steel
connections for seismic reinforcement
Electrical upgrades including lighting and panel expansion as
needed for retail and program spaces
Energy Code compliance: insulation of roof and sidewalls and
Upgrade Fire Sprinkler as needed to accommodate new tenants
Tenant improvements for retail spaces to be done on a case by
case basis as tenants are procured
Upgrade locker rooms including lavatory areas
Add additional canopies to exterior
Add additional exterior lighting
Provide connection to Railroad Ave property
Finish all core and shell (tenant improvement) spaces
Energy Code compliance upgrades
Mechanical and Electrical upgrades
Add 2nd floor to structure
Finish interiors into office and conference space
Complete structural upgrades to main armory building as needed
for future projects finish