James Center North/Aviva Crossing

Tacoma Housing Authority is developing attractive and equitable mixed-use, mixed-income apartments in amenity-rich West Tacoma, close to transit, shopping, entertainment, and Tacoma Community College. We are excited about expanding our presence into a highly sought-after part of Tacoma, and to increase affordable residential and commercial opportunities in West Tacoma.


JCN Aviva Crossing is an envisioned community with diverse mixed-income housing and communal open and green space designed with pedestrians and environmental sustainability in mind.

THA purchased James Center North as it offers a unique opportunity to acquire a property that may be redeveloped to provide both market rate and affordable rental housing in a mixed-use setting that is adjacent to a transit center and within walking distance of grocery stores, parks, a community college and public schools.

Here are some key details about JCN Aviva Crossing:

  • 600 future units planned
  • 30,000 square feet of commercial retail space
  • 13 commercial tenants
  • Adjacent to Fred Meyer, Starbucks, Rite Aid, FedEx and Chase
  • Commercial space will be leased at reasonable rates during pre-development
  • Directly across the street from Tacoma Community College
    • Tacoma Community College serves over 14,000 students a year. Many whom report lack of housing as a barrier to success
  • The Master Planning process for site design of affordable and market-rate apartments began Summer 2018 and was completed in the Spring of 2019


Aviva Crossing is located at James Center North, a commercial center at 19th and Mildred across from the Tacoma Community College campus and Pierce Transit Center. The site is within walking distance of a major grocery store, bank, and various other services, close to Minette and Titlow park, and will host the future final stop for Tacoma Link Light Rail. There are several schools in the area, including Geiger Montessori, Wainwright Middle School and Foss High School.

James Center North is 6.92 acres across five parcels, with 62,000 square feet of commercial retail space that is 52% occupied. It is zoned CCX, or Community Commercial Mixed Use, supporting THA’s vision for redeveloping the site with 300 Multifamily Units and Commercial Retail space.

JCN Aviva Crossing is within a Community Crossroads Center, as designated by Pierce County and the City of Tacoma. This will promote opportunity for a mix of uses and housing types with connections to recreational, cultural, and environmental amenities.