PROJECT TITLE: March's Point Fire Station
BUDGET CODE: CFP-AFD-00004
JUSTIFICATION: Permanent (non leased) space needed from which to provide fire supression and EMS services to the East end of Anacortes and the surrounding areas.
START DATE (FY2024): TBD
END DATE (FY2024): TBD
This project will build a permanent fire station and possibly a campus for other city services in the March's Point area. There is also the possibility being considered of our training facility being moved to this property. Currently our Fire Station #3 is located in a leased building on Molly Lane. It houses an engine and a medic unit which are cross staffed by a two person crew. The city owns land on March's Point Rd which was purchased with the intent to build a permanent facility. Station #3 is our second busiest station and not only serve's that area of Anacortes but the Swinomish tribal land and a large portion of Skagit County from La Conner to Bayview. TCA Architects are under contract to provide a site study, basic design concepts and cost estimates. These results should be available in late 2022.
It is our recommendation to complete the studies and then develop appropriate plans to fund and construct a new Fire Station #3 and possibly move the training facility.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES / STATUS:
Operating critical services out of leased property carries inherent risk. With relatively short notice the lease could be terminated and there would be no quarters for our apparatus and crews. Overall the AFD lacks the apparatus, sleeping and training space needed to support the growth of our community. These needs will need to be met in some manner and will only increase with time. A properly planned and built station will serve the community well for many years.
It is also likely that the City of Anacortes has other needs in the March's Point area. The planning phase for this project should look at the needs of all city departments and potentially Skagit County Fire District 13 as well since this station will sit adjacent to their border.
This will be a larger facility than currently occupied. Additional utility, maintenance and operating costs will be generated.