New tenant sought for Slocum HousePosted by: admin | Posted on: September 16, 2019
For lease: Unique historic house in the heart of Vancouver. Located in parklike setting. Walking distance to farmers market, local shops and restaurants, downtown and library. Moments from freeway. Rent to be negotiated. Possibly haunted.The Slocum House located in Esther Short Park is available for lease, and the city is looking for a suitable tenant or tenants to occupy one of Vancouver’s iconic structures.The city’s sales pitch isn’t as punchy as the imaginary advertisement listed above, and its news release says nothing about the persistent myth that the old house is haunted. But commercial brokers recognize the Slocum House, which is about 140 years old, as a potential jewel for the right tenant.“Opportunities like this don’t come along very often,” said Bob Bernhardt of Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins-Bernhardt Associates. He sees the house, containing 6,100 square feet in its two floors and basement, as a possible home for a creative technology firm, professional offices, or a gift shop.Request for proposalsCity officials are trying to avoid preconceived ideas for the future of a building that for many years was occupied by the Slocum House Theatre Company. It has issued a request for proposals to solicit a new tenant for the structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It can be found at City of Vancouver or by calling 360-487-8430. The city’s deadline for proposals is June 27.