Status

As of October 2017
Phase: Site Alternative Evaluation

UPDATE: On October 9, 2017, the City Council passed a motion to clarify that the maintenance facility analysis should not consider a combined maintenance facility site at Hamlin Park.

Purpose and Need of the City Maintenance Facility Project

Since 1996, the Parks and Public Works Departments’ maintenance operations have shared space at Hamlin Park. The maintenance facility is known as Hamlin Yard. Over time, the City’s maintenance responsibilities have grown. With the addition of the Ronald Wastewater Utility, Hamlin Yard can no longer accommodate both Parks and Public Works safely and efficiently.

To Address This Issue

In 2013, the City purchased property near Brugger’s Bog Park to develop a new maintenance facility. The property is now known as the North Maintenance Facility. In 2016, a thorough analysis showed that the cost to develop the site was much greater than anticipated. As a result, the City Council asked staff to pause development of that site and instead look at other potential sites. The goal was to see if the North Maintenance Facility was still the best choice or if there was another location that could serve the City’s needs at a lower cost.

In July 2017, staff presented initial results of their analysis to the City Council. The Council directed staff to complete a more specific evaluation on four identified sites, which was clarified in October 2017.

Next Steps

The City will spend the next year looking at how much it will cost to build and operate a Public Works maintenance facility at four City owned properties/facilities. They are: Hamlin Yard, the North Maintenance Facility, the Brightwater Portal property (Ballinger Way near 19th Ave. NE), and Ronald Wastewater District property.

The goal will be to compare costs and find the most effective location or locations for the City’s needs.

Proposed Order of Work Flowchart

Schedule

Site Alternative Evaluation Update: tentative fall 2018

Project Information

Overview and History

Our current maintenance facility (Hamlin Yard) is located 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 the assumption of the Ronald Wastewater District, it is necessary for the City to find an alternative.

In planning for the assumption of the wastewater utility, 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 Architects 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.

Staff presented results of that analysis to the City Council. The Council asked staff to further analyze the four identified city properties and compared them to a unified maintenance facility at Hamlin Park. 

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