Temporary use for old Fire Station 39 proposed, delays development for two years

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A proposal that would put development of the old Lake City Fire Station 39 property on hold for two years has been made by the City of Seattle and Pierre Auto Centers.

In 2012 the City of Seattle proposed that the site be sold for development of homeless-transitional housing. That proposal generated controversy because of the location of the site in what is considered the civic core of Lake City.

The controversial 2012 proposal, along with redevelopment plans for Pierre properties in Lake City and local transportation issues, spurred creation of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, bringing together many local groups that had been working independently on similar issues affecting the community. The proposal was unveiled to the group in recent days.

The proposal would be for Pierre auto businesses to lease the site for two years for parts storage. The site would be used for warehousing and would not appear to be an active business from the exterior. The City of Seattle would generate revenue from the lease and the the Lake City organizations would be able to have more time as they work on an Urban Design Framework with the City of Seattle. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance plans to draft a letter of support for the plan that will include some ideas for community-generated enhancement of the building exterior.