Design Permits, Call For Bids For New Fire Station HQ Coming Soon

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by Ralph Nichols

Applications for permits for the new Burien/Normandy Park headquarters station are expected to go to city planners for review by late next week.

Fire Chief Mike Marrs told The B-Town Blog on Jan. 13 that while the permits are being issued, architects will continue working on construction and bid documents.

Marrs said the call for bids for construction of the new station, at 900 SW 146th St. – long the location of the Bonney-Watson chapel and mortuary, is expected to be issued sometime between late March and mid-April.

Construction should begin sometime between early May and early June and be completed “toward the end of the year,” he added. “It’s a six- to nine-month build.”

Voters in the Burien/Normandy Park Fire District (King County Fire District No. 2) approved in November 2008 a $25 million bond issue for construction of the new headquarters fire station and replacement of the existing station in Normandy Park.

The bond issue included the costs of property acquisition and equipping the new stations.

“There’s been no dollar change” in costs facing the district, Marrs said. “We’re still within budget. We’ll know where we are price-wise when we get the bids back but it looks like we’re on track.”

Burien has long needed a new fire station to replace the outdated and undersized existing facility at the corner of SW 151st St. and 8th Ave. S.

A top priority for the headquarters station was a downtown location for response times no more than seven minutes anywhere in the fire district, and for direct access to major arterials and State Route 509.

The Normandy Park fire station at 135 S. Normandy Road will be built at this location. The fire district has acquired an adjacent residential property for the building site and the existing station will remain in operation during construction.

Marrs said the department is just finishing the schematic design for this station, with work running “about two months behind.” Permitting is expected sometime in March with bids called for in May.

“I think we’ll catch up with it once we get to bids,” he said. “It’s a smaller building so construction will be shorter. We should be done with it around the end of the year too.”

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