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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.

SPACE AVAILABLE! Retail, offices, and program space at $1.25 to $1.50 per square foot. Contact us today, 360-432-5754.


  Drawing of proposed TCC


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 resource center.


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 members.

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 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:

  • Create a link between multi-modal transportation (bus, cycling, and walking)

  • Provide 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

    • Technology training

    • Public 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

T-CC Group Activities



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 alley
  • New electrical service for additional metered spaces

Summary of Improvements - Future Phases


  • 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 new windows
  • Upgrade HVAC
  • 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
  • Clock tower
  • 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