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Posted on: December 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Historic 1925 Everett Fire station under renovation

2801 Oakes Renovation

EVERETT, Wash – The historic Everett Fire station in downtown Everett, located at 2801 Oakes Ave., is undergoing renovations to become the Everett Fire Department’s headquarters. The project is expected to be completed in March 2021. 

This effort, proposed by Mayor Franklin and supported by Everett City Council, is part of a larger effort to reduce the overall cost of City facilities. The project process began in early 2019 with an approved budget of $1.6 million. The total projected cost is currently a little over $1.4 million, paid for with federal dollars that have already been reimbursed to the Everett Fire Department. 

The renovation includes the conversion of the former apparatus bays into working office spaces. The most noticeable change from the outside is the replacement of the 1960s aluminum garage doors and windows with beautiful new red bay doors and windows that are functional, meet energy code requirements for new office spaces, and return the building to its historical roots. Due to the cost, not all of the aluminum windows will be replaced in this current project, but efforts will be made to replace the remaining aluminum windows to match the new models in the coming years.  

This project’s beauty is part of Mayor Franklin’s initiative to create a livable, workable, walkable downtown Everett. 

Other renovation elements include creating a classroom and conference room, adding ADA-compliant bathrooms on the ground level floor, and offices or workspaces for the entire fire department administrative team. The building is also being wired to accept generator power for use in the event of a disaster. 

Historically known as Everett Fire Station #2, the building was constructed in 1925 for $22,157. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by Mayor Bill Moore in 1990. A previous federal grant funded a complete seismic upgrade of the building in the early 2000s.

With the completion of this renovation, the building will continue to serve the community and Everett Fire Department for another 50 years. 

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