Former Fire Station 39 - Reuse and Disposition
With a new fire facility now in operation in Lake City, the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) is in the process of evaluating options for reuse and disposition of the former Fire Station 39 on the adjacent property. The Mayor and City Council, through the 2012 Adopted Budget, directed City departments to evaluate the feasibility of redevelopment of this particular site for low-income multifamily housing and services.
FAS has published the Preliminary Report for former Fire Station 39. The procedures and steps for evaluating reuse and disposition of excess City property ensure transparency of process, and that different ideas and proposals are considered and evaluated. The report followed Council policy guidance to:
The report recommends that this property be sold for the development of affordable housing for homeless families and families earning less than 30% of median income. The ground floor commercial space could be made available to organizations providing youth-oriented community services that can benefit the broader community, as well as residents of the building. Download a copy of the report here.
Public Involvement and Public Involvement Plan
The City Council, with Resolution 30862, provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide input to the reuse and disposition evaluation process for each excess property. All respondents now, or at any time during the process, will be placed on a contact list and receive future information as it becomes available.* Comment is not limited to the 30-day comment period and is taken throughout the process, although deadlines are set for publication of reports.
FAS initiated public input by mailing the Opportunity for Input community flier on March 5, 2012. Approximately 1,550 fliers were sent to residents residing within a 1,000 foot radius of the former fire station, as well as to community groups and other interested parties. As of April 4, 2012, FAS received comments from 219 separate individuals. These comments are summarized in the Preliminary Report, published on June 1, 2012. FAS has logged more than 420 comments about the Preliminary Report.
The Preliminary Report includes a proposed Public Involvement Plan or PIP. The purpose of the PIP is to identify the appropriate methods for seeking additional public input on certain “complex” properties if the evaluation process turns up a number of issues or concerns. Factors include the value of the property, the extent and nature of public input, whether a recommended use would require a change in zoning or other regulations, and the number of proposals for reuse/disposal of the property. Former Fire Station 39 is classified as complex. The proposed PIP for Former Fire Station 39 recommends that two public meetings be held in Lake City to obtain further public input on the City’s recommendation to build affordable housing on the property. The proposed PIP was approved by the City’s Real Estate Oversight Committee. Public comment received about the proposed PIP includes recommendation that meeting venues be large and that meetings be held at convenient times. In addition, comments include requests that the meeting agendas be well-managed to assure that all viewpoints are heard, and that the Council direct how community members will be notified about the meetings.
The City Council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee will be briefed about the PIP on July 18, 2012. Parties on the mailing list were sent a 14-day notice consistent with adopted Procedures. At this time, the Council is primarily interested in reviewing whether the Public Involvement Plan provides adequate opportunities for public input on the recommended option and other alternatives rather than on the recommendation itself.
*Please note that any written comments will be made a part of the public record for the disposition of this property, which is subject to the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56).
Update: As of February 2013, the low-income and homeless family housing proposal at Fire Station 39 is on hold for several months while discussions to reach an agreement continue between the City and representatives of Pierre’s properties.
Background: The City’s preliminary recommendation for the disposition of the former Fire Station 39 is to build housing for low-income and formerly homeless families at this site. In fall 2012, the City held two community meetings and heard concerns of many Lake City residents regarding this proposal. Also in 2012, representatives from Pierre Properties approached the City to discuss their plans for redeveloping the 14 properties they own in Lake City. Lake City residents and stakeholders are actively participating in the Pierre Properties redevelopment planning process. The City and representatives of Pierre Properties are exploring whether they can reach an agreement in which the City achieves its affordable housing goals as part of the Pierre Properties redevelopment, rather than building low-income housing at the Fire Station 39 site.
This webpage will be updated as information becomes available.
Materials from October 2012 Community Meetings
Materials for October 6 and 15, 2012, Meetings