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Essential Facilities and Measure E

Our new and improved essential facilities make San Rafael a safe place for our emergency personnel and for the community overall. Building from over a decade of community efforts to address San Rafael's aging essential public safety facilities, the Essential Facilities project consists of a total of seven projects, including a new public safety center across the street from City Hall. This project was funded through the voter-approved Measure E sales-tax.

These new, state-of-the-art buildings are seismically-safe and modern facilities for our firefighters, police officers, paramedics and dispatchers. Improvements include an upgraded dispatch and communications center, and a new classroom and training tower for emergency preparedness.

Here are the seven projects:

  1.      New Public Safety Center (completed August 2020)
  2.      Replacement of Fire Station 52 (completed November 2019)
  3.      Replacement of Fire Station 57 (completed May 2019)
  4.      Upgrade to Fire Stations 54 (in design phase)
  5.      Upgrade to Fire Station 55 (in design phase)
  6.      Re-purpose of the first floor of City Hall vacated by SRPD (in design phase)
  7.      Improvements to Fire Station 56

Moreover, Fire Station 52 and Fire Station 57 achieved LEED Gold-certification!

Fire Station 52
Fire Station 57
Fire Station 57

Project Background

In November 2013, Measure E was passed by the voters of San Rafael extending for 20 years an existing 0.5% transactions and use tax and adding 0.25%.  The revenues from this tax are to address our aging essential facilities, including making critical improvements to our public safety facilities in San Rafael. In October 2014, the City Council appointed a community Measure E Oversight Committee to ensure that all Measure E funds are spent on permissible uses.

Public Works collaborated with construction management firm Kitchell CEM, Inc. and Mary McGrath Architects in developing the Essential Services Strategic Plan that was approved by the City Council on July 20, 2015 to provide an outline for the Essential Facilities project.

Public Safety Center Ribbon Cutting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City does not have current plans to host a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the new Public Safety Center.  However, staff is collaborating with the Community Media Center of Marin to create a video commemorating the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Essential Facilities program, which includes the Public Safety Center, Fire Station 52 & 57.

The video will be available to the public on the City of San Rafael website soon.

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