A rundown building on St. Helens Avenue will be given new life as the headquarters of HHJ Inc., a local architecture and design firm.
Gar Hansen, HHJ Inc. president, said Friday afternoon that he plans to move his company into 601 St. Helens in a few months. HHJ has done several projects in the area, including Gig Harbor's Uptown lifestyle center. The firm bought the building in December for $750,000.
"We'll be using half the building ourselves, and we'll lease the rest," he said, adding there will be about 6,000 square feet available.
The building has been boarded up for years and most recently was the home of an antiques store. It's in the center of downtown's thriving Triangle District, where several local retailers and restaurateurs have set up shop in recent years.
It was built in 1929 by legendary Tacoma architecture firm Heath, Gove and Bell. It held various car dealerships throughout the years.