In late 2004, the Seattle Fire Department held a public meeting regarding the need to relocate Fire Station 37, currently located 7300 35th Ave. During 2005, SFD conducted a site selection process to find a larger site for a new facility approved by the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Program. Their recommendation is to locate the new fire station at the southeast corner of 35th Ave SW and SW Holden Street. To do this, they will purchase one single family house and the Gatewood Substation.
The SPD press release says ""During our search for a new site, we considered the suggestions offered at the community meeting in late 2004, or vial letters, emails and phone calls subsequent to that meeting. The new location is the best available site for firefighters to maintain their quick response time to emergency calls in your neighborhood. The City Council is expected to act on legislation authorizing the purchase sometime in early to mid-April. Planning and design for Fire Station 37 will not begin until 2007. This will give City Light time to de-energize the substation. During the design phase, we will provide opportunities for neighborhood input."
During the public meeting where the relocation was discussed, there were many questions about what will be done with the existing fire station after it is vacated. SFD said that the building is on the Historic Preservation list, and the façade and character must preserved. With those constraints, they will probably sell the building for other uses which must be consistent with the History Preservation designation and existing zoning.