New Fire Station Open House TODAY, 11AM-1PM

It’s time to give the staff at Fire Station 38 a warm welcome to their new digs. (Well, not TOO warm.)

New Fire Station 38 (4004 NE 55th St.) will open its doors to the public today from 11AM-1PM for an Open House and Dedication.

From the Seattle Fire Department’s event calendar:

Take tours of the new fire station, view the fire engine, meet your local firefighters and learn about fire safety in multiple languages. Children’s activities will be planned throughout the day, as well as chances to win life-saving door prizes. Refreshments provided by Local 27 and Top Pot Doughnuts.

An architect from Schreiber Starling & Lane Architects may also be there to answer questions about the design of the building.


For more information about the Old Fire Station 38 and her fate, visit our earlier post here.

Tour Old Station 38 on Saturday, tour New Station 38 in March

Fire stations all over the city of Seattle will open their doors to their neighborhoods this Saturday, February 12, from 11am-2pm, as a part of the Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s 17th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. There will also be activities for the kids, face painting, refreshments and a free raffle. The Seattle Fire Department and the Firefighter’s Union, Local 27 will be co-sponsoring the event.

This will be our neighborhood’s last chance to visit Fire Station 38 (5503 33rd Ave NE) while it houses fire fighters: Staff will start moving in to the new station down the hill (4004 NE 55th St) next week.

And what will become of the old station? I got the 911 411 from Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman, Helen Fitzpatrick:

[H]ere is the information I received from the City’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services. The City intends to sell the old station most likely through a competitive bid process.  The prospective buyer will need to be aware that the building has historical protection and the zoning is limited to multi-family use (this can also be for a single residence as well).  Any use outside of what is allowed through zoning would need the okay from the City’s Department of Planning and Development.  Any alterations to the outside of the building would require an okay from the Landmarks Preservation Committee.  Any alterations that could change the character of the building, specifically the front façade and the hose tower would be prohibited.

As we noted in an earlier post, a 2009 appraisal of the property came in at just over a million dollars. However, a competitive bidding process could make the old station more affordable. Money from the sale of the property will go back into the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy fund (which made the upgrading of Station 38 possible).

Fire Station 38 is one of 22 landmark status properties and/or objects in Northeast Seattle (full list here), and was nominated and granted this status in 2004. If you have the time, I would encourage you to read the full Seattle Fire Station No. 38 Landmark Nomination Report (pdf; 26 pages!). It is CHOCK full of history, not only of the station itself, but our entire area.

Now, walk down the street (to the east) with me…

View Old and New Fire Station 38 in a larger map

As I mentioned above, the new Station 38 will start the move-in process next week. And after the staff has had some time to move in and get acquainted with the new building, the public will have a chance to do the same. (Well, not the move in part.)

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12, 11am-2pm 1pm, when Seattle Fire Department staff (and the new station’s architect, whom I met on the property today, by happy coincidence) will be on hand to welcome the public to their new fire station give us a tour. A postcard invitation in the mail in the next several weeks.


Take a Tour of NE Seattle P-Patches on October 16

This just in!

Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods is hosting six different van tours of the city’s P-Patch Community Gardens and Neighborhood Matching Fund projects.

The tours are hosted by the Department of Neighborhoods staff and volunteers, and they are FREE! But space is limited and reservations are required.

Here is the full schedule of tours (all of which are held on Saturdays from 1-3pm), with the one for our area highlighted:

Southeast Seattle:  September 18
Southeast Neighborhood Service Center, 3815 South Othello Street,  98118
Featured Gardens: Hillman City, Bradner, Colman, New Holly Gardens, and Thistle.

Southwest Seattle:  September 25
Delridge, 5405 Delridge Way Southwest,  98106
Featured Gardens: High Point Gardens, Delridge, West Genesee, Roxhill and Lincoln Park.

Lake Union Area:  October 2
Fremont Neighborhood Service Center,  908 N. 34th St , 98103
Featured Gardens: Cascade, Belltown, Queen Pea, Eastlake and Interbay

Central Seattle:  October 9
Central Neighborhood SC, 2301 S. Jackson St, Suite 208,  98144
Featured Gardens: Judkins, Hawkins, Spring Street, Squire Park, and Howell Collective

Northeast Seattle:  October 16
University Neighborhood Service Center  4534 University Way NE, 98105
Featured Gardens: Picardo, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, Roosevelt and Ravenna

Northwest Seattle:  October 23
Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Ave North, 98103
Featured Gardens: Good Shepherd, Fremont, Hazel Heights, Greg’s Garden and Ballard

For more information, and to make reservations, visit the tour homepage.