Transit-Community Center Project
601 W. Franklin St.
Shelton, WA 98584
Service Lobby Hours
Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
and program space at
$1.25 to $1.50 per square foot.
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 Transportation Administration (FTA) grant to
complete the project.
Then in 2013, MTA was successful in a legislative ask and awarded
$800,000 for the project and in 2014 recieved a $1.5 million grant
through the "Ladders to Opportunity" initiative from the FTA. This
final funding allows MTA to complete the building.
The facility has been repurposed 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 provides 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 also provides citizens with information about the
advantages of using transit to reduce pollution and
enhance the environment. 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.
THE PUBLIC BENEFIT
The Transit-Community Center provided employment opportunities for
the duration of the construction phase and left a valuable
asset to the citizens of Mason County.
This project enhances local efforts to coordinate
community transportation resources and reduce duplicative trips
through consolidating destinations to a variety of social programs.
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