The Foss Waterway Development Authority (FWDA) was chartered by the City of Tacoma in 1996 and is charged with the revitalization and redevelopment of City and FWDA owned properties located along the Thea Foss Waterway.  Over the past 24 years, it has been successfully managing this downtown waterfront shoreline.

FWDA will be ending operations on or before December 31, 2020 when its Operating Agreement with the City officially ends.  Throughout 2020 various FWDA functions will be transitioning over to a variety of City of Tacoma departments.


For further information, please contact FWDA at: 253-597-8122.

Development Opportunities


You’ll Like Working with Us

The Foss Waterway Development Authority welcomes the opportunity to partner with developers interested in expanding in our community.


Our main purpose is to sell publicly owned property on the waterway for development. We also lease some properties and manage parks and other business interests along the waterway.


We have established relationships with many agencies that have a role in development, enabling us to be an advocate for developers when working with regulatory agencies.


In addition to a package of site amenities, we offer assistance behind the scenes.

  • Interested parties meet early in the process to ensure a smooth approval process.

  • We try to maintain key contacts at each government agency to facilitate communication and needs.

Certain public documents maintained by the FWDA may be downloaded on our Public Notices & Documents page.