West Pierce fire station to move

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

Fire Station 32 is almost a literal stone’s throw away from West Pierce Fire & Rescue headquarters in University Place.

And that’s why the station at 7909 40th St. W. will move.

Having it close to the district’s headquarters at 3631 Drexler Drive W. “creates response gaps in the southern and eastern portions of University Place,” Fire Chief Jim Sharp said.

So the Board of Fire Commissioners decided Tuesday night to move the station further away, and to put the old station up for sale this month.

It won’t be the first time the building has been on the market. Plus, there were never supposed to be two stations almost side-by-side, in the first place.

The plan, when headquarters was built about 2002, was to get rid of Station 32, agency spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said. The station was closed and put on the market, but didn’t sell. Sharp said he was not sure how long the station was for sale, or why the board and chief of what then was University Place Fire took it off the market.

Space at the headquarters got a little tight about 2007, prompting the West Pierce to reopen the neighboring station, Weekes said.

When Station 32 sells, its crew will move back to headquarters until the new building is finished. West Pierce will use funds from the sale for the new property, which will be somewhere between headquarters and the 8310 87th Ave. SW Lakewood station.

The exact location should be chosen early this year, Weekes said.

“Everything is very, very preliminary at this point,” she added.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268






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