The 2016 Bond Levy approved by Clark County voters included replacing the District 6 Fire Station on Tenney Road. According to Kristan Maurer, Assistant Chief, Fire District 6, construction of the new station is scheduled to begin March 2018, with estimated completion date of March 2019. The Department bought two additional lots behind the current station to create a total of 3.2 acres. On June 22, the Department burnt down the Space Master Construction building located on one of those properties. The Department is required to have a live fire burning once a year for training purposes and this one fit the bill!
The Department is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to address the approximately .7 acres wetland area located on the Northeast corner of the new lot. At this time the Department plans to build a parking lot for visitors there, and in return will support another wetland area being developed near Salmon Creek. There is also an old white oak tree on the property which will be cut down and the wood used to panel the lobby of the new station.
The station will be over 18,000 square feet and will have two levels. It will be able to accommodate two companies. Although we have one company now, the Department is planning for growth and will create another company when needed. Fire apparatus will enter and exit the station on 136th. The current station will remain operational until the completion of the new, and then will be demolished to make way for the Department’s Training Tower. This will be a four story pre -fabricated building. Why four stories high? This height is required by Washington State Survey and Ratings Bureau. The property will have a fence that will be built in front of the new Station, and face Tenney Road.
If you are interested in the project there are Board meetings for the Department on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Station 61, 8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue. The station project is not always on the agenda, but the meetings are always open to the public. Also, you can contact Kristan with questions: [email protected] or call at 360-576-1195.
The article was a Guest Post from North Salmon Creek Neighborhood Association Board Member Fiona Humphrey.