11-23 Kittitas Valley Fire District 2



Mountainview Brownfields Redevelopment Planning - IPG

Ellensburg, WA


The purpose of the Mountain View Redevelopment Integrated Planning Grant (IPG) is to assist Kittitas County Fire District 2 to conduct environmental due diligence and identify potential redevelopment options for a future building site that complement other nearby developments and provide community benefit. It will include environmental investigation, natural and cultural resources study, engineering feasibility study, and community involvement to develop a conceptual redevelopment plan and implementation strategy. This project is an ideal fit for an IPG, because it will leverage cleanup of a brownfield property to achieve environmental and community benefits.

After extensive station location studies which triangulate their response times and frequencies, the District has identified this site on Mountain View Road as ideal for their new station; it has historic use as a petroleum station, truck weigh station, with its current use as a diesel filling station. The 5-acre site also has potential for the City of Ellensburg to co-locate a senior center (a needed new facility) and there is habitat restoration potential for the urban stream that borders the property.

The subject property is on a newly updated and revived arterial in Ellensburg; it is an obvious blight in the area as the only non-redeveloped section along the road. Neighboring properties are mostly highway commercial with banks, retail stores, medical offices and senior housing. The majority of development along Mountain View is new within the last 10 years.

Redevelopment will be based on a triple bottom line approach that seeks to create benefits to the environment, the economy, and the community. Adaptive reuse of this site is a complicated undertaking that will require coordinated analysis of environmental, site planning, and financial issues. Traho Architects is the lead of a multi-disciplinary consultant team whose goal is to complete four major program tasks:

  • Task 1 – Remedial Investigation Data Collection and Analysis
  • Task 2 – Redevelopment Assessment of Physical conditions, Regulatory Analysis and Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Task 3 – Feasibility Study, including Concept Site Design and Public Comment
  • Task 4 – Planning and Redevelopment Strategy Report

The final report will articulate a financing strategy and step-by-step work program to successfully accomplish the redevelopment.

The Traho team incorporates Environmental, Civil/Survey, Natural/Cultural Resources Assessment and Habitat Restoration expertise, and will integrate input from Owner as well as team members in a series of task-oriented workshops.


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