Last week the mayor announced that the city would start construction on six new fire stations this year, as part of the 2003 levy we approved to fund replacement and upgrades for the city’s fire and other emergency facilities.
Fire Station 6 here in the CD was not on that list, so we made a few calls to see what the story is. Christina Faine from the fire levy program got back to us with some details:
- The new fire station will be built on the CAMP property at the southwest corner of MLK & Jackson. After a long negotiation, the city’s purchase of that property closed in October of last year.
- The construction costs for new fire stations have been much higher than what the city expected, putting the entire program at risk of exceeding its budget. Asked if there’s a chance that could keep our fire station from being built, Christina said “ndividual project schedules are being adjusted — not budgets.
Projects have not been taken out of the program.”
- The city is in the process of selecting architects to design the new station, and design work could start as soon as April. Hopefully that means we could get a look at the new designs later in the year.
Worried about the fate of our Art Deco fire station at 23rd & Yesler? Never fear: it’s landmarked and can’t be destroyed.