A team of four city employees visited last night’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting for a briefing on the work coming up at Fire Station 36 – that’s the one next to The Bridge, just past the north end of Delridge Way SW. The project is technically a big deal for the city because it requires some “right of way” – property once set aside for streets/sidewalks – to be given to the Fire Department (“vacated”), which means extra process to wade through before it’s approved. In the graphic above, the purple area is the proposed “vacation,” which requires City Council approval.
In terms of public impact otherwise, the project won’t have much; it will include earthquake-safety upgrades and the addition of a 500-square-foot building (with decontamination facilities among other things). Station 36 has strategic importance including its bridge access and its status as headquarters for the marine-response team. The project – paid for by the city’s 2003 Fire Levy – is outlined here; while the crews technically will have to move out of Station 36 while the work is done (no sooner than next year), they won’t be going far – the visitors at last night’s NDNC meeting said the station’s temporary quarters will be set up on their current site. For even more details, here’s the fact sheet distributed at last night’s meeting.