City Council considering Hamlin Park maintenance yard

Saturday, September 9, 2017

City Council will tour three sites on Monday

By Diane Hettrick

At a time when the Parks department is trying to carve out new park spaces in Shoreline, the City Council is seriously considering siting a consolidated city maintenance facility in deeply forested Hamlin Park.

Hamlin Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Public Works wants a consolidated facility to store their large maintenance vehicles, with service, fueling, and washing capabilities.

The options are down to three locations - all of which the City Council will tour on Monday.

First they will do a quick drive-thru of the property inherited from Brightwater on Ballinger Way in the business district, then another drive-thru of the maintenance and fueling yard on 25th NE off Ballinger Way.

Then they will settle down to business with a dinner and full presentation at the current maintenance vehicle parking facility at Hamlin Park.

The proposal would expand the current one-acre Hamlin site to 4.5 acres from what is now mostly deep forest. An additional road would provide access to and from the new site.

The original plan was to use the North Maintenance Facility at Brugger's Bog (NMF). However, the estimated cost is in the range of $21.8 to $23.3 million and staff informed City Council that there is no current revenue stream adequate for the project to move to the construction phase.

Brugger's Bog maintenance facility is not currently used
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
In addition, there was neighborhood opposition, based on noise and the potential for contamination of the adjacent wetlands and Brugger's Bog park. 

City Council authorized staff to pause development of the NMF and use the pre-design information to identify other properties within the City that could meet Public Works maintenance facility needs at a lower cost than the NMF site.

In 2013, the City of Shoreline purchased the King County maintenance facility by Brugger's Bog.

Street maintenance truck
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline
The same year, the North City Water District purchased the Northwest Church on 15th NE, across from Hamlin Park, for its maintenance facility.

There is citizen opposition to the Hamlin Park site. One rally was held in August and another is planned for Monday evening during the City Council visit.

Hamlin Park is located between 15th and 25th NE with the entrance at about NE 162nd. 


Anonymous,  September 10, 2017 at 7:28 AM  

There is a lot of doublespeak going on by the City here. BALNA provided the City with a letter of support for the purchase of the King County Brugger Bog property, now the City is claiming they are opposed to the environmental problems at the site? The City is claiming they can't build on a wetland, but they knew it was a wetland when they bought it, these documents and on camera reports are on the King County Council website. Questions that should be asked are why the City Councilmembers not holding the City Manager's Office and Leadership Team accountable for a $4 million "mistake?" They failed to perform due diligence prior to spending $3.3 million on an the Brugger Bog property. Why are they allowing staff to use one of the crown jewel's of the City's parks (Hamlin)?

Anonymous,  September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM  

Enough. Build it somewhere else besides Lower Ridgecrest (or North City), who already have to deal with all the changes because of Sound Transit light rail.

Kate September 10, 2017 at 5:47 PM  

Is it too late for someone to follow the money in this decision?

Anonymous,  September 10, 2017 at 5:48 PM  

Is this a public meeting? I am not seeing anything in the above text
that indicates a time for the presentation and whether it is open to the public or not.

Anonymous,  September 10, 2017 at 6:51 PM  

More irresponsible, haphazard, anti-environment destruction by the City of Shoreline. Urban Blight!

DKH September 10, 2017 at 6:54 PM  

The presentation will start when they get to Hamlin Park, after gathering at City Hall and 5:15 and driving through the other two locations. It will finish in time for them to get back to City Hall for the 7pm regular meeting. Dinner meetings are open to the public but are not recorded.

Anonymous,  September 11, 2017 at 10:55 AM  

And why won't the city share in the water district location just south on 15th that is being developed for the same purpose?? "Neighbors objected" at the other sites - so let's put it in the middle of the woods where the neighbors can't see it??

anonymous September 11, 2017 at 2:59 PM  

The City of Shoreline has committed to follow the Paris Climate Accord agreement yet they are proposing cutting down 4 plus acres of old growth trees that filter and cool our air and earth. It appears that the alignment with the Climate Accord is just a statement to look good and not an actual commitment

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