The City hired a consultant to design seismic upgrades to buildings on the Cedar Street complex. These improvements are intended to provide for staff safety in the near term, while relocation options are pursued.
Concurrent with the potential near-term seismic upgrade project, the City contracted with a consultant (Makers) to prepare a site selection study for a long-term solution. The work began in January 2019 and is anticipated to conclude in early 2021.
In the July 2020 draft report, many sites and locations were considered, but three sites were identified as feasible for further alternatives analysis. These three sites are identified as Cedar Service Center 2.0, Cedar-Smith and Everett Point Industrial Center (EPIC). Briefings on site selection were presented at City Council in May 8, 2019, and April 1, 2020.
Makers recommended the EPIC site, formerly known as the Riverpoint property, as the preferred site area for the future relocation of the maintenance and operating services of the Public Works Department. The recommended back-up site area is known as “Cedar-Smith,” generally south and west of the current Public Works Cedar Street complex. The majority of non-maintenance and operating staff will be relocated to the Everett Municipal Building. City Council final review and potential acceptance of the Site Selection Study is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
A non-project SEPA checklist has been prepared for the site selection study and looks at the potential environmental impacts of the three alternatives. Once a final site has been determined, a detailed project-level SEPA process will be required.