The City of Burien announced Tuesday (Feb. 4) that it has issued a contract to Belfor Property Restoration for repairs to the fire-damaged Annex Auditorium, home to Burien Actors Theatre as well as the Hi-Liners. The building was severely damaged by an arson fire which was set on the morning of Dec. 10, 2013 (read our previous coverage here). The City issued necessary permits on Feb. 3, and work is expected to be completed by the end of April. Here’s more from the announcement:

Since the fire, Belfor has been responsible for cleaning the building and removing materials that were damaged. It has also been preparing construction estimates and the structural analysis of the building. The fire significantly damaged the roof and other portions of the stage area used by the Burien Actors Theatre and The Hi-Liners for performances and rehearsals. Meanwhile City staff members have worked to assist the two performing arts organizations with finding space in the community to address their short-term needs. The arts groups have been able to temporarily relocate their activities to other venues. Costs of repairs will be covered through the City’s insurer, Washington Cities Insurance Authority. Belfor has been the named #1 Insurance Repair Contractor on the Annual List of Top 500 Remodelers by Qualified Remodeler Magazine since 2001.
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