Friday, Seattle Fire officials announced a plan to build a new fire station in Northwest Seattle replacing the current Station 31.
In June, Station 31 was closed due to mold.
Fire officials say the investigation into the mold lead to the realization that the station, originally built in 1973, is outdated.
“When we looked at the list of issues associated with the fire station, already understanding that the fire station was too small for the fire departments needs now, it just didn’t make sense for us to continue doing one-off fixes,” said Chris Potter with Finance and Administrative Services with the City of Seattle.
However, closing the station impacted the Northwest Seattle neighborhood.
“Our response times have all increased as we expected that to be,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.