The new Fire Station, located at 900 SW 146th Street, has sat empty for over three years.[/caption] Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Fire District No. 2 announced Thursday (Sept. 3) that they have “finally compelled the contractor to repair and replace the defective precast cement pieces on the new fire station on SW 146th.” “While this was a long protracted fight with the contractor, we are pleased to be moving forward,” Fire Chief Mike Marrs told The B-Town Blog. “The District is proud to say we held the contractor responsible to provide the quality materials and building the taxpayers of Burien and Normandy Park paid for.” The cost of the repairs is in excess of $1 million, and will be covered by the contractor – there will be no additional cost to taxpayers. The most recent schedule provides for the repairs to be completed by December 1, 2015. Here are photos of some of the construction defects at the building: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Contractor to repair defective work at new Fire Station for Dec. 1 completion 2 The arches above the engine bay doors don’t match the colors and texture as promised.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Contractor to repair defective work at new Fire Station for Dec. 1 completion 3 A rebar problem near the rear northeast corner of the new Fire Station. This, along with other defective work, will be repaired after three years of no action.[/caption] “Once the Fire District approves the repairs, we will be moving in and running operations from the new station,” Marrs added. “The old headquarters station will then be surplused and sold.” As we’ve extensively reported before, the new Fire Station has sat empty since construction started in late summer 2011. The initial occupancy was first anticipated for summer, 2012 – three years ago. And now – finally – there’s a bright flame at the end of the tunnel. “The District would like to thank the community for their unwavering support during this difficult time,” Marrs said. “We will be scheduling a community open house soon. The District has operated from the old headquarters station for well over 70 years. The new headquarters building on 146th is designed to provide service to the community for the next 70 years and beyond. Thanks again to the citizens of Burien and Normandy Park for their wonderful support!”]]>