Reminder: City of Seattle hosts informational community open house on Oct. 26 regarding plans for new North Precinct police station
SEATTLE – On Saturday, Oct. 26, the city of Seattle will host a community open house to provide information regarding its plans to build a new North Precinct police station on property located at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. The open house – scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N. – will highlight the site selection process, how the site meets SPD’s operational needs, the development schedule, public art at the new station, and future opportunities for public comment. In addition, representatives from the North Precinct Advisory Council will host an information table, as will Office of Emergency Management volunteers, who’ll provide information on personal preparedness. The Department of Neighborhoods North District Coordinators will also be available in their general capacity as community liaisons.
Seattle officials announced in September
the city had identified property as the recommended site for a new police station serving the north end. Council review and approval of legislation authorizing the property acquisition, including a public hearing, is expected in December 2013.
The Seattle Police Department outgrew its current North Precinct police station long ago. In September 2012, as part of the 2013 budgeting process, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed doing the planning required in 2013 to acquire land for a new station in 2014. The City Council accepted the mayor’s proposal and accelerated the schedule by moving funding from 2014 to 2013 to support activities related to planning and site acquisition.
The Department of Finance and Administrative Services is overseeing the project to site, design and build a new police station for Seattle’s north end. With a goal of opening a new station in late 2018, FAS is looking for ways to compress the siting and development timeline. Acquiring a site by early 2014 is just one thing the city can do.
FAS’ 2013-2014 budget
includes $18.3 million to pay for site selection, due diligence and land acquisition for a new facility. Because the site itself impacts design and construction costs, the city does not yet have a firm estimate for what it will cost to build this new facility and a funding source beyond 2014 will be identified in the 2015/2016 budget process. Spending in 2013 and 2014 is covered largely by long-term general obligation bonds.
The city will decide what to do with the old station through its normal property disposition process.
Visit the New North Precinct Station project website
for more information and to sign up for the project’s listserv.
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New North Precinct Station project website