List of Facilities
Building from over a decade of community efforts to address San Rafael’s aging essential public safety facilities, the Essential Facilities project entails the construction of new, seismically-safe and state-of-the-art buildings for our firefighters, police officers, paramedics and dispatchers. There are a total of seven projects recommended for either replacement or renovation, including a new public safety center across the street from City Hall. The Plan estimates completion of all projects by 2019 and the order of magnitude total budget range is $63 to $72 million. Here are a list of the seven projects:
- New Public Safety Center located at Fifth Avenue (across from City Hall)
- Replacement Fire Station 52 and Training Tower at Third Street
- Replacement Fire Station No. 57 at the Marin County Civic Center
- Seismic and Operational Upgrade to Fire Stations 54
- Seismic and Operational Upgrade to Fire Station 55
- Operational Improvements at Fire Station No. 56 at Del Ganado Road
- Re-Purpose of the First Floor of City Hall (vacated by Police)
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% (25 cents on a $100 purchase). The new tax went into effect in April 2014. In anticipation of the additional revenue, in February 2014, the City Council directed staff to set aside the revenues from the added quarter percent to begin to address the City’s aging essential facilities, including making critical improvements to our public safety facilities in San Rafael. This portion of Measure E revenues raises approximately $3.7 million per fiscal year.
In 2014, the City Council Facilities Subcommittee, made up of Mayor Phillips and Vice Mayor McCullough, worked with staff to oversee financial and bond issuance preparation, budget development, program study, and communications. In addition, the City established a Working Group to provide advice and recommendations to the Facilities Subcommittee on the development of the Strategic Plan.
For more information on the development of the project, please read the July 20, 2015 Essential Facilities Strategic Plan staff report.