The Ezra opens a condo sales office in downtown Puyallup

The commercial agency of the mixed building which will occupy a parking lot in downtown Puyallup recently opened its doors.

McBride-Cohen Management Group, LLC held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Ezra at Pioneer Park‘s sales office on July 7th. The office is located at 333 S Meridian Suite 105 just below Puyallup Town Hall.

“The Ezra is going to be a catalyst for downtown, attracting new residents who want to shop, dine and be entertained. I have no doubt that these new condos…will sell out long before construction,” Mayor Dean Johnson said in a press release.

The Ezra at Pioneer Park will be in the parking lot at 330 Third St. SW. From the Twitter account of the city of Puyallup

The Ezra will be on the lot at 330 Third St. SW. Currently, it offers 100 parking spaces and is next to the Puyallup Activity Center. The city had to negotiate with the developer because some people were unhappy with the space conversion plans.

Seniors were concerned about their parking options when The Ezra was built, as those who frequent Puyallup Activity Center tend to park in the parking lot, The News Tribune reported.

City spokesman Eric Johnson told the News Tribune in November 2021 that approximately 20 parking spaces will be reserved for people using the activity center. Some corner stalls on Third Street Southwest will also be reserved for them.

The city met with the senior advisory board to address their concerns, economic development officer Meredith Neal said.

Activity Center users will have access to more than 100 booths: 20 at The Ezra, approximately 30 on Third Street Southwest, 14 at the Puyallup Public Library, five on Elm Place and three on Second Street Southwest. Plans to build new lots at 313 W Meeker and 208 W Main will also bring about 30 new stalls.

The lot had a price tag of $1.4 million, the city’s Director of Economic Development, Meredith Neal, said during the City Council of October 26.

The Ezra will have four floors. There will be a fitness center, gated parking, and a pet-friendly rooftop terrace. Other amenities will include private storage units, waste and recycling areas and charging stations for electric vehicles.

There will be several floor plans, including a studio with one bathroom or a two-bedroom unit with two bathrooms. Units range from 597 square feet to 1,719 square feet, depending Ezra’s website.

Sandy Johnson of Ezra’s sales office said there were 66 condominiums in total and seven had been sold through Aug. 9. Units cost between $400,000 and $1 million.

Ezra units are marketed as “luxury” condominiums or at market price. None will be affordable housing, Neal said. Construction is expected to begin next summer and be completed by 2024 or 2025.

“The Ezra is a historic chance to create a new place for those looking for affordable luxury living less than five minutes from the Sounder Train line,” developer Loren Cohen said in the press release.

Cohen is also the developer of the Point Ruston project along Commencement Bay in Tacoma. This development is 97 acres of residential and commercial facilities. Cohen told the News Tribune in 2020 that the project had $600 million in total funding and $450 million in ongoing construction projects.

Angelica Relente covers topics that affect communities in East Pierce County. She started as a press intern in June 2021 after graduating from Washington State University. She was born in the Philippines and spent the rest of her childhood in Hawaii.

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