New Shops Facility

There’s the snow plows, the excavator, the bucket truck, the sand-bag machine, the electronic readerboard signs....Over the past few years, the City has invested in quality equipment to keep your water, sewer and road systems in good repair. The question is, where do we store all of this to make it last a long time and give Shops and Parks employees a good “home base”?

Built in 2001, the existing City Shops facility has been out-grown for a long time. Just to give you an idea, a good portion of a ladies restroom has been taken over to store maps and documents. Because it’s located along the river, the current site does not have room to expand. It’s time to move.

This winter, we finalized the land purchases. The new location is on 29th Street between 142nd Avenue and 145th. This site works well for a number of reasons. First, it was one of the few parcels left big enough to serve the City’s needs for a long time. Second, it puts our equipment in the center of town with easy access to most areas. Third, it’s the perfect buffer between the existing residential (often called the Doughnut Hole) and surrounding industrial uses. And, the extra bonus for everyone who lives in the Doughnut Hole: 29th will soon become the first street plowed in the whole city during snow storms! Now that the properties are acquired, we’ll start designing the facility. We expect to have a preliminary design to share by this fall’s Open House.

There’s the snow plows, the excavator, the bucket truck, the sand-bag machine, the electronic readerboard signs....Over the past few years, the City has invested in quality equipment to keep your water, sewer and road systems in good repair. The question is, where do we store all of this to make it last a long time and give Shops and Parks employees a good “home base”?

Built in 2001, the existing City Shops facility has been out-grown for a long time. Just to give you an idea, a good portion of a ladies restroom has been taken over to store maps and documents. Because it’s located along the river, the current site does not have room to expand. It’s time to move.

This winter, we finalized the land purchases. The new location is on 29th Street between 142nd Avenue and 145th. This site works well for a number of reasons. First, it was one of the few parcels left big enough to serve the City’s needs for a long time. Second, it puts our equipment in the center of town with easy access to most areas. Third, it’s the perfect buffer between the existing residential (often called the Doughnut Hole) and surrounding industrial uses. And, the extra bonus for everyone who lives in the Doughnut Hole: 29th will soon become the first street plowed in the whole city during snow storms! Now that the properties are acquired, we’ll start designing the facility. We expect to have a preliminary design to share by this fall’s Open House.

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  • How is this a benefit to the residents in the donut hole neighborhood? Its not. Its the City way of forcing the residents out but lowering property values and raising noise levels. The City promised in a legal ruling years ago to keep it residential. So much for keeping their word. The last thing I want in my back yard is the sound of utility vehicles coming and going at all hours of the day and night during a weather event. This neighborhood is small but has a lot of kids that ride their bikes up and down 142. I certainly don't want them out there with large trucks. Did any one even ask what the residents want? Nope. Just lots of white washing about how good neighbors you going to be. Sorry I don't buy it and yes there are other large parcel of land. Across from the Shell station for one. Or the Westside of hwy 167 by the overpass. But no let's put it right by the only residential neighborhood in the north end. Just down the street from where we already are.

    ShaftedSumnerresident asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your input, there will be opportunities in the future for input for design to specifically buffer the neighborhood. Once we have a consultant hired in June of 2020 further outreach will be coming.