Station 6 - Central District

Fire Levy Info:   FireLevy@seattle.gov

Updated: 2013-05-16

About the Station
Built in 1931, Fire Station 6 houses an engine company and a ladder unit. At only 4,960 square feet, the station was too small to accommodate the operations required to support modern emergency response.

The Seattle Landmarks Board designated the station as a landmark in 2005. Read the landmark nomination report. With the new station open, the City began a disposition process to  sell the historic building and put the money back into the Fire Levy program.

The existing configuration, site terrain and historic character ruled out expanding the existing station to the size needed.

Station Improvements
The project scope includes a new station built to current safety standards.

Current Status
The project is complete.

Milestones

  • January 2013: Project complete.
  • August 2011: Construction started.
  • June 2011: Commercial Structures, Inc. awarded the construction contract.
  • May 2010: Neighbors had an opportunity to see the preliminary design and the fire engines at the Design Development Open House. The Seattle Design Commission approved the design development.
  • October 2009: Neighbors had an opportunity to see the preliminary design and the fire engines at the schematic design open house. The Seattle Design Commission approved the schematic design.
  • August 2009: Steven Gardner from Seattle was selected as the project artist.
  • July 2009: The Seattle Design Commission approved the conceptual design.
  • January 2009: Weinstein A/U was selected as the project architect.
  • October 2008:  The City purchased the site for the new station at 2615 S. Jackson St. 
  • December 2007: The City Council authorized acquisition of the Executive's recommended site at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and South Jackson Street.
  • September 2007: Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean met with Central Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the recommended site and need for a new station.
  • August 2007: The Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation to complete the Fire Station 6 historic landmark process.
  • July 2007: A community meeting was held at the current Fire Station 6 to discuss the recommended site located at the southwest corner of South Jackson Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
  • June 2007: A community meeting was held at current Fire Station 6 to discuss the recommended site located at the southwest corner of South Jackson Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. City staff met with the Central District Council to discuss the recommended site and the community outreach process.
  • March 2007: City staff met with the Central District Council regarding an upcoming community outreach process.
  • June 2005: The City's Landmarks Preservation Board designated Fire Station 6 as a historic landmark.
  • February 2005: A community meeting was held to gather input on and confirm site selection criteria.
  • December 2004: A meeting was held with the Central District Council regarding site selection criteria.
  • 2004: Site selection began. Over three dozen sites were evaluated and narrowed to three.

Site Selection Criteria

As with all fire stations, the recommended site selection will be based on operational criteria. Primary site criteria include:

  • Preserve or improve the Fire Department's response time
  • Level or near-level site
  • On or close to an arterial
  • Good street access with minimal traffic congestion
  • Stable soils/no liquefaction
  • 14,000-20,000 square feet
  • Commercially-zoned, vacant, or under-improved property when other criteria are met

Additional considerations include estimated cost to acquire, type of current use, community impacts, and other factors. Certain characteristics of response areas affected site assessments, including:

  • Pattern and dimension of lots
  • Street conditions (e.g., width, alignment, traffic pattern, signal location, trolley wires, overall street network, snow removal/sanding routes)
  • Overall topography of the response area
  • Location of nearby fire stations/Lake Washington