Tukwila City Council to review on Tuesday ongoing assessment of city-facility needs

Before investing in buildings that are near the end of their useful lives, the City of Tukwila wants to assess its facility needs to determine which ones it will keep and update, if necessary, and which ones it will demolish, repurpose or sell.

The Tukwila City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to review a study that looks at the facility needs of city government.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Blvd., Tukwila. It’s expected to adjourn at 8 p.m.

The city is in the midst of conducting a Tukwila Facility Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study, the first one ever. Some city buildings are more than 40 years old.

Before investing in buildings that are near the end of their useful lives, the city wants to assess its facility needs to determine which ones it will keep and update, if necessary, and which ones it will demolish, repurpose or sell.

Two buildings, the George Long Shops Building, built in 1965, and the Minkler Building, built in 1972, rate at the bottom of 10 city buildings that were assessed for their future usefulness and current condition. The Tukwila Community Center, built in 1995, has the highest rating.

Some buildings are at risk of failing in a major earthquake or other major disaster. One criteria for finding land for new facilities is that the soil won’t liquefy in an earthquake, a risk typical of soils on the Green River Valley floor.

 

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