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Transit-Community Center Project
601 W. Franklin St.
Shelton, WA 98584

Public Meeting Schedule

Mason Transit Authority and the Community Center Association cordially invite you to a presentation of the Transit-Community Center Renovation Project, with a question and answer session following the presentation. Please feel free to invite other community members, associates, family members and neighbors to attend as well.

The presentations will be held at the following times and locations:





4 pm

Transit-Community Center
601 W. Franklin Street
Shelton, WA  98584


7 pm

Transit-Community Center
601 W. Franklin Street
Shelton, WA  98584


5 pm

Timberland Regional Library
23081 NE State Route 3 Box 1179
Belfair, WA 98528-1179


7 pm

Fire District 16 Community Hall
50 E Seattle Street
Union, WA  98592

If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact the MTA Development Manager for more information at 360-432-5710.


In 2006, MTA purchased the 57 year-old Shelton National Guard Armory from the State of Washington.  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 planning process to design the facility occurred during 2008 and a Federal Transit Administration grant for this project was awarded to MTA in 2011.

With funding appropriated, MTA is moving forward with this project with guidance and assistance from the Community Center Association (CCA).  The CCA is a nonprofit agency made up of concerned citizens, elected officials, local educators and social service agency leaders.  Their purpose in coming together is to lead community efforts to financially support the redesign of a valuable community asset into a gathering place that supports affordable community access to intergenerational activities.  CCA works with MTA 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.


Mason Transit Authority (MTA) is moving forward in the design phase of this very exciting project.  The entire design team has been selected and is working on schematic drawings.  We have conducted our first permit submission meeting with the City of Shelton Building Department which went extremely well.  Conceptual drawings reflect the design selected from a series of design choices by the Mason Transit Authority Board.  We will be conducting public information meetings and meeting with our business neighbors in the very near future to discuss the project.  MTA expects to “break ground” in the spring of 2013 and begin the renovation.  With the project currently funded at about 50% of the total estimated cost through a Federal Transportation Administration Bus Livability Program Grant, the Community Center Association (CCA) and MTA will be “phasing” the project completing the first construction phase of renovation in early 2014. Following phases will be completed as funding becomes available through various fundraising efforts currently underway.   Occupancy of the newly renovated building will begin shortly after first phase construction completion in spring 2014.

Summary of Improvements

Phase I      

  • Expand current structure by constructing an addition to the existing garage structure
  • 1st floor of addition to be approximately 3100 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 3000 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 potential pathing 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, locker rooms and program spaces
  • 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 addition


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
  • Program areas to finished to Community Association specifications as funds are raised.


  • Structural upgrade to allow for addition of 2nd floor
  • Energy Code compliance upgrades
  • Mechanical and Electrical upgrades
  • Add 2nd floor to structure
  • Finish interiors into office and conference space