Status

As of February 2019 
Phase: Site Alternative Evaluation

Open House - Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30-8 pm
North City Water District office (1519 NE 177th Street)

Information will be given on plans to address City Maintenance Facility needs. Your feedback is wanted. Everyone is welcome!

Comments or questions? Please visit our survey and send your thoughts to us. The survey closes after March 22, 2019. We are especially interested in your feedback on:

  • The park and tree impacts for the Scenarios at Hamlin Yard, and
  • Using part of the North Maintenance Facility property to expand Brugger’s Bog Park.
See below for Scenario A and D descriptions and drawings.

Purpose of and Need for the City Maintenance Facility Project

Since 1996, the City’s maintenance crews have shared space at Hamlin Park. This facility is called Hamlin Yard. Its main users are Parks and Public Works crews. Maintenance needs have grown over time, and Hamlin Yard can no longer serve maintenance needs safely and efficiently. In 2015 we began to study building a new Public Works maintenance facility. The location first chosen for building was the North Maintenance Facility property, which the City purchased in 2013. The study found that building a maintenance base at this property had higher cost and risk than the City was comfortable with. After further Council discussion, we looked at ideas to use other properties for a maintenance base. Overall we found that:

  • There isn’t a single City-owned site that would enable us to build a one large maintenance facility; and
  • It isn’t feasible to purchase new property to construct one, large facility.
More detailed project history and links are available below (in the Project Information section).

To Address This Issue

After earlier discussion, in 2017 the City Council asked staff to look at making the most of the three existing maintenance properties the City currently owns, plus the Ronald Wastewater District (RWD) property. The RWD property is not owned by the City at this time but will be upon the completion of the City’s assumption of the RWD. Property ownership is expected to transfer within the long-term timeframe of this project. These four properties will serve all facility needs for the City’s Public Works and Parks crews as well as the new Grounds Maintenance crew. This study is called the Distributed Maintenance Facilities Study.

Sites included in the Distributed Maintenance Facilities Study:

  • Hamlin Yard (at 16006 15th Avenue NE)
  • North Maintenance Facility (NMF) (at 19547 25th Avenue NE)
  • Brightwater Portal property (at 20031 Ballinger Way NE) Ronald Wastewater District (RWD) property (at 17505 Linden Avenue N)

Citywide Sites Map

Distributed Maintenance Facilities Study Results:

  1. Overall results of the study are:Ronald Wastewater District site is best suited for Wastewater and Surface Water Maintenance crews.
  2. Brightwater Portal site is best for snow/ice operations, fueling, vehicle wash, sweeper decant/spoils. Brightwater Conceptual Plan
  3. NMF site is best shared between multiple priority uses. These uses include expanding Brugger’s Bog Park and restoring Ballinger Creek (under the 25th Avenue NE Flood Reduction Project ) with the back half of the NMF site is needed for City maintenance storage/parking.
  4. Hamlin Yard is the best location for a new building. This building would include Parks, Streets, and Landscape crew spaces and shops. This site would also have covered areas for priority vehicles, equipment, and storage.

Alternative layouts for the NMF site and Hamlin Yard (#3 and 4 above) are discussed further below.

Distributed Maintenance Facilities Study Alternatives:

We developed eight alternative layouts for Hamlin Yard and NMF sites. Our goal was to find the best overall configuration. One high priority was reducing tree impacts at Hamlin Yard. The best two alternatives receiving consideration are:

Scenario A – which maximizes Hamlin Yard use. This requires a small (4,400 square foot) expansion to the north in the park. No park uses would be impacted.

Scenario A Hamlin Yard Conceptual Plan
Scenario A NMF Conceptual Plan

Scenario D – which stays within existing Hamlin Yard fence. This results in higher tree loss and more demand on the NMF site compared to Scenario A. There would also be less land available at the NMF for park conversion under Scenario D.


Scenario D Hamlin Yard Conceptual Plan
Scenario D NMF Conceptual Plan

This table compares the main differences between Scenarios A and D.

Distributed Maintenance Facilities Study Recommendation:

Scenario A is preferred because:

  1. It allows for the greatest and most efficient use of operating and storage space at Hamlin Yard.
  2. There is slightly less impact to trees at Hamlin Yard than Scenario D.
  3. The overall costs are like Scenario D.
  4. We will be able to create slightly more new parks space at the NMF site than in Scenario D. The total new park space at the NMF site will offset the minor area of park space taken at Hamlin Yard by a 12 to 1 ratio.

Comments or questions? Please visit our survey and send your thoughts to us. The survey closes after March 22, 2019. We are especially interested in your feedback on:

  • The park and tree impacts for the Scenarios at Hamlin Yard, and
  • Using part of the North Maintenance Facility property to expand Brugger’s Bog Park.

See below for Scenario A and D descriptions and drawings.

Next Steps

Open House - Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30-8 pm
North City Water District office (1519 NE 177th Street)

Information will be given on plans to address City Maintenance Facility needs. Your feedback is wanted. Everyone is welcome!

  • City Council Discussion on these alternatives is tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2019
  • 2019 – NMF site interim improvements for Grounds Maintenance crew (see below)
  • 2020-2021 – Possible Brightwater Portal site improvements (funding tentatively secured)
  • Around 2025 – Possible approx. timeframe for NMF and Hamlin Yard improvements (funding unknown)
    Ronald Wastewater District site improvements possibly in 10-20 yrs. (funding unknown)

NMF Interim Improvements 2019

These improvements will be made at the NMF site in 2019. The City’s new Grounds Maintenance will use the NMF site as their base. Changes will include:

  • Demolishing old metal shed-style building at front of site
  • Installing a new automatic gate
  • Installing a modular building and storage units for Grounds Maintenance crew in the old building location
  • The Grounds Maintenance crew will be housed at NMF until Hamlin Yard improvements are done (5+ years).
    Several years in the future, NMF will also temporarily host Streets and Parks crews during Hamlin Yard construction
NMF interim Improvement Phase 1 Conceptual Plan

Project Information

Overview and History

Our current maintenance facility (Hamlin Yard) is in the southwest corner of Hamlin Park. Since 1996, the City has used it for both Public Works and Parks maintenance operations. Over time, the City has outgrown the space and it no longer operates as efficiently as it should. With increasing needs, it is necessary for the City to find an alternative.

In planning for future expansion of services, the City looked for a new site to accommodate Public Works operations. In 2013, the City acquired King County’s old maintenance facility property located by Brugger’s Bog Park. The intent was to develop a new Public Works maintenance facility there.

The City hired TCF Architecture to develop preliminary designs and cost estimates to develop the property (North Maintenance Facility). The cost estimates ranged from $21.8 million to $23.3 million.

After receiving the costs estimates, the City Council asked staff to stop development of the North Maintenance Facility and instead to look at building the maintenance facility on a different property. The goal is to either identify another location that can meet the City’s needs at a lower cost or confirm that the North Maintenance Facility is the best location.

We are currently studying costs for maintenance facility improvements at four publicly owned sites.

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