Why does Bellevue need a new fire station?
From 2010-2015, emergency incidents in the Central Business District increased by 24 percent.
Residential population growth in downtown is expected to increase from 7,147 in 2010 to an estimated 19,000 in 2030. Bellevue’s employment base is also projected to grow from 42,525 employees in 2010 to an estimated 70,300 by 2030.
The areas of downtown and Bel-Red represent 70 percent of the projected population growth of the city.
Travel time (time the apparatus is on the road) of three minutes to high-rise and four minutes to non-high rise incidents is critical to saving lives. There are gaps in meeting the three-minute travel time to incidents in the neighborhoods of Northwest Bellevue, Downtown, BelRed and Wilburton.
Where will Station 10 be located?
Fire Station 10 will be on the Northwest corner of 112th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 12th Street, north of McCormick Park.
This site includes up to nine parcels (zoned R-4) with six property owners. The site encompass 2.82 acres. This project will not affect McCormick Park.
The City Council approved funds for the land acquisition for Fire Station 10 in the 2015-21 Capital Investment Program and has begun property acquisition for the site.
How was the location chosen?
An October 2016 Community Presentation provided details on how site selection was conducted.
Criteria used to evaluate potential sites within that area included:
- Response time/coverage
- Site access
- Traffic impacts on Medic 1 freeway access
- Cost to acquire, develop and operate
- Site configuration
- Land use impacts
Are there benefits outside of the Downtown / Bel-Red Area?
A system-wide support network of existing stations ensures every individual receives the same standard of excellence, no matter where they might live or work. Any current response into downtown can draw fire apparatus and crews from other fire stations, increasing response times to the neighborhoods where those stations are located,
Fire Station 10 will not only provide critical services for Downtown, BelRed and the surrounding neighborhoods, it will also allow the current nine fire stations to better serve their neighborhoods by reducing the amount of time spent away from their primary response areas.
Reduced stress on the entire system allows for better service and, most important, better response times.
Latest News and Updates
Updated: Feb. 23, 2018
During the Monday, Feb. 26 meeting, the Bellevue City Council will consider an agenda item concerning a new fire station. The city selected a site for Fire Station 10 in September 2016. Over the last several months, city staff has been negotiating with the six property owners and has agreements with two of them.
At the upcoming meeting, the council will consider adopting an ordinance authorizing use of the city’s powers of eminent domain if a mutual sales agreement cannot be reached through voluntary negotiations with the remaining property owners. In addition, the council will consider authorizing a design contract for the new, approximately 20,000 square foot fire station.