Service Center Redevelopment

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What is the Service Center?

The City of Everett Public Works Service Center is a site in central Everett that is the operational hub for the Public Works, Facilities, and Transit & Motor Vehicles departments. These departments currently operate out of 11 buildings. The existing Service Center was originally built in 1971 and has been expanded over the years by acquisition of adjacent properties and buildings. There are approximately 260 employees working for these three departments, providing administrative, customer service and maintenance and repair functions for the City. These departments play a critical role in recovery following small-scale events like a winter storm and large-scale events like an earthquake.

One of the buildings in the Service Center Complex, known as The Creamery, was built in 1934 in a Mission Revival architectural style. The Creamery is not a designated historic building.

What is the Service Center Redevelopment project?

The buildings on the existing 14-acre Service Center site, currently occupied by the City of Everett, have reached the end of their useful life, are seismically unfit, and no longer have the functional capacity to support the City’s operational and emergency response needs.   

The City has extensively studied partial and full site re-use, relocation, and renovation and replacement options since 2009. A recommended Master Plan presented to the City Council on August 31, 2016, was tabled pending further review.

At the October 19, 2016, City Council meeting, Mayor Stephanson asked the Public Works department to reevaluate the planning assumptions and to come back with some new ideas in four to six weeks. This will ensure we have time for robust discussion on this important project, so we can be accountable to ratepayers and thoughtful about how we do business going forward.

Why is the Service Center being redeveloped?

Several of the Service Center buildings have reached the end of their usable life and are not safe. Structural engineers have seismically evaluated the buildings and determined that they are structurally unfit. The Public Works Department performs critical functions in disaster recovery, such as roadway and water and sewer line repair, and its services are considered essential. In order to protect the lives of the people who work within the Service Center and the community they serve, a new, structurally sound facility is needed.

What is the project timeline?

The Service Center Redevelopment project is being reassessed, and there is no timeline in place for its commencement.

What will a new service center cost?

The total construction cost for the Service Center project as presented at the August 31, 2016, Council meeting is about $50 million. Total project costs, which includes contingency fund, sales tax, furniture, moving, and design fees is estimated to be $70 million. The project is currently being reevaluated and we do not have an updated cost estimate. Our priority is ensuring the project is cost effective and maintains the highest possible service to rate payers and City of Everett residents.

How will the City pay for the Service Center Redevelopment?

Pending City Council review and approval, the Department expects to use a combination of utilities rate fees and proceeds from the sale of property to fund the redevelopment. 

Budget Committee Presentation

See Public Works Director Dave Davis' presentation to the Everett City Council on the Service Center Redevelopment.