As of December 2018
Phase: Site Alternative Evaluation

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. 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 would be much greater than anticipated. As a result, the City Council asked staff to pause plans for 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 specific sites. 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.

Next Steps

The City is looking at how much it will cost to build and operate a distributed set of Public Works maintenance facilities using four City-owned properties. They are: Hamlin Yard (at 16006 15th Avenue NE), the North Maintenance Facility (at 19547 25th Avenue NE), the Brightwater Portal property (at 20031 Ballinger Way NE), and the Ronald Wastewater District property (at 17505 Linden Avenue N). 

The goal will be to compare costs and find the most effective approach to meet the City’s needs. Preliminary results will be made available to the public via this webpage and other means when completed.


Site Alternative Evaluation Update: tentative spring 2019

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 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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