Asotin County Fire District 1 has outgrown its current station, also on Appleside Boulevard, which has been remodeled three times since 1950. The fire district spent two years searching for a property large enough to accommodate its emergency operations and equipment.
Space is currently so tight that the fire district has to store emergency equipment at other facilities or outside, which reduces its usable life. The fire district also needs training space, and separate sleeping and shower facilities for male and female firefighters. These issues can be resolved with the new property. The building on the property will meet the emergency needs of our community for about $5 million less than a brand new one. The renovated building will serve as a new, larger fire station to accommodate volunteer firefighters, apparatus and equipment for the next 50 years.
The fire district purchased property with an existing building to be renovated for a new fire station on Appleside Boulevard. The Board of Fire Commissioners approved the purchase after two public meetings, and took ownership at closing on June 30, 2014. The property purchase was accomplished without raising taxes.
The plan is to renovate the existing building, as well as add bays for emergency equipment and apparatus storage. The fire district pursued and was awarded a federal grant to fund a portion of the construction project. However, the district was awarded only $750,000 of the $1,000,000 grant requested after the limit for the grant was lowered. Voters approved a fire levy lid lift in November 2017, to fund the remainder of the estimated costs of renovating the building at 2377 Appleside Boulevard, as well as purchase items for live fire training, and replacement equipment and apparatus that is approaching the end of its usable life.
The fire district bid the project early in 2018 and opened construction bids on March 20 for the $3.6 million project. The lowest bid came in at $1.1 million higher than the fire district’s budget. A strong economy has led to a construction boom across the state, and many capital projects like the fire station are coming in over budget. The Board of Fire Commissioners for Asotin County Fire District 1 decided to reject all bids at that time received for its station renovation project.
The fire district has worked with its architect and engineering firms to determine what features of the station renovation could be added at a later date. The scope of work has been broken down into phases. This approach could take longer to complete the full remodel, but it’s expected to be more cost-efficient.
The first phase of construction - site and utility work - was put out for bid at the end of May. Bids were opened on June 19, 2018. Construction and renovation bids will likely be considered this fall with construction taking place over the winter/spring seasons. The targeted date for completion is the summer of 2019.
Once construction and renovation is completed, the fire district plans to sell the current station.
Building Phase for New Station out to Bid - February 27, 2019
Asotin County Fire District #1 break ground for new fire station - KLEW TV - August 21, 2018
Open House and Groundbreaking Planned for New Station on August 18 - August 10, 2018
Fire district opens bids for first phase of new station - June 20, 2018
Letter: Rebidding project - Lewiston Tribune - June 5, 2018
OPEN HOUSE & GROUNDBREAKING
August 10, 2018 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, August 18 will be an exciting day for Asotin County Fire District 1 and the community. The fire district is holding its annual Open House and plans to break ground on the first phase to renovate an existing property it owns to serve as a larger fire station for the community.
Festivities kick off at 11:00 a.m. and will run through 1:00 p.m. at 2377 Appleside Boulevard, Clarkston, WA 99403. The ground breaking will take place at 11:15 a.m. during the event. The public is encouraged to attend, tour the new facility, view the architectural plans, and enjoy refreshments provided by the fire district.
Location & Hours
2314 Appleside Boulevard
Clarkston WA 99403
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
If emergency, call 9-1-1