Burien Community Center Annex Demolition Project

Updated October 16, 2020

Project Status

The demolition process started in August 2020. Since that time, the contractor has been primarily focused on the removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, and PCB containing materials.

The buildings associated with the Burien Community Center Annex will be demolished between October 19, 2020, and approximately mid-November. Only the contractor and inspectors are allowed in the fenced construction zone to ensure safety. The skate park is outside the construction zone and will remain open.

Afterward, the contractor and city staff will work on-site restoration including installing lawn in the area where the buildings once stood and making repairs to the parking lot. Over the winter, the new lawn area will be fenced off to allow the new lawn to mature. 

In the future, there will be discussions about the ultimate use of this park space.

Project Overview

  • Project Scope: Demolition and Park Restoration
  • Contractor: Construction Group International (CGI) LLC         
  • Contract Amount: $345,400.00
  • Project Start: August 10, 2020
  • Project Completion: October 31, 2020 
  • Director: Carolyn Hope, Director, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Project Manager: Diane Salter, Parks Project Manager     
  • Project Contact:  [email protected]

The City of Burien is demolishing the Burien Community Center Annex, located at 425 SW 144th Street. The entire site is secured with a chain link fence to protect the public from construction activities and to secure the site. Beginning August 10, 2020, the skate park and basketball court will be closed to protect the public from construction activities.  

After demolition of the buildings on the north end of the property, the site will be graded and seeded. The fence will remain in place after demolition until the grass matures, which will likely be spring 2021. The entire park should be open next summer. 

The south end of the park will not be demolished, and the north end of the park will be an open lawn. Parking will be available between the north and south areas of the park. No changes to the Burien Community Garden will be made at this time.

The Burien City Council decided to close and demolish the building after learning from a facilities condition assessment that the building has several life safety concerns and is in critical condition, meaning the ratio between the cost to maintain and repair the building to the current replacement value of the facility is high.

The City will engage the community in conversations about the future public use of the site in the future.

Project Timeline

Timeline for Burien Community Center Annex Demolition Project as of October 2020.