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File #: 2015-1323   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 3/3/2015
Title: . Recommendation to Adopt Plans and Specifications and Authorize a Call for Bids for Fire Station No. 3, No. P.W. 12-14-18. (Public Works 310)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Plans, 2. Exhibit 2 - Specifications, 3. Exhibit 3 - Staff Report 7-29-14
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Recommendation to Adopt Plans and Specifications and Authorize a Call for Bids for Fire Station No. 3, No. P.W. 12-14-18. (Public Works 310)
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Re: Recommendation to Adopt Plans and Specifications and Authorize a Call for Bids for Fire Station No. 3, No. P.W. 12-14-18

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John A. Russo, City Manager

BACKGROUND

The City of Alameda plans to construct a new Fire Station 3 to replace the one located at 1709 Grand Street which was deemed seismically unsafe and obsolete in the year 2000. The new fire station will be constructed on the same site, and in conjunction with, the approved Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC will be located at 1809 Grand Street and the Fire Station at 1625 Buena Vista Avenue. The complex has an hour glass shape that straddles the block from Hibbard Street to Grand Street. The site is one block from the old Station 3. While each structure serves its own purpose, they are intended to work in concert in the event of an emergency.

Fifteen years ago, Fire Department staff was forced to move out of Station 3 because it was declared seismically unsafe. At first, the fire fighters lived and worked out of a portable trailer in front of the station. The City was able to rent the house next door in 2001 and the firefighters have lived and worked out of the rental house since. The City's efforts to replace Station 3 have been long delayed.

The City's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Hazard Mitigation Plan from 2005 identified relocation or replacement of Station 3 as a priority project; it was then continued into the 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The 2010 FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan also identifies the need to construct a new EOC. Implementation of the City's mitigation projects is a crucial element in the criteria for receiving FEMA financial assistance after a major disaster.

In June, 2012, the Public Works Department...

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