Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided tonight that the Heidelberg brewery complex at 2120 S. C St. did not contribute to the Union Station historic district, which clears the way for its demolition.
Building co-owner Tony Trunk said demolition is the only way to resolve a dangerous building complaint filed by the City of Tacoma.
Trunk’s lawyer, Gary Branfeld, said the permitting process will begin and he expects the buildings will be down by this summer.
Branfeld also told the commission that the location of the Student Prince, an icon of the brewery, is unknown at this time. The other icon remaining from the brewery’s heydey, the water tower, is leaning and in danger of falling.
“It’s tragic that there’s nothing there to save, but there really is nothing there to save,” Branfeld said.
Trunk said yesterday that rehabilitating the building would cost millions that he and his co-owner, Lester Collons, don’t have. Demolition will cost about $600,000 according to documents filed with the city. How will they pay for that?
“Very painfully,” Trunk said tonight. He and Collons will split the cost.
Read more in Friday’s News Tribune.