The City has completed acquisition of the three adjoining parcels at southeast the corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street that will be the location of the new North Precinct Police Station. Per Seattle Municipal Code 20.84, the City will provide relocation assistance to tenants as they identify new locations and vacate the sites.
In September 2013, the City of Seattle announced it had identified property as the recommended site for a new police station to serve the north precinct. Through programming discussions with the Seattle Police Department to understand how it wishes to operate in a new facility and what kind of space is required for current and future needs progress, it became clear that obtaining the whole block was desirable on numerous fronts. These discussions indicated the City needs more space to accommodate future growth for the department and potential relocation of other functions, such as the indoor range, police academy classrooms and other compatible uses. A community open house to discuss the project and the site was held on Oct. 26, 2013.
As a result, the City Council approved legislation in December 2013, authorizing the acquisition of three land parcels – located at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street – for a new North Precinct Police Station. The site of the future police station consists of three adjoining parcels totaling 4.1 acres. At the time of identification:
- One parcel was occupied by a preowned automobile dealership, automotive mechanic, and car detailing service.
- One parcel, while mostly a vacant lot, also had an older office building, warehouse and ancillary buildings on it.
- One parcel contained an office building with 4 commercial tenants, though at time of acquisition was mostly vacant.
The City of Seattle acquired ownership of the parcels through negotiated settlement in 2014. Some businesses have moved with the help of relocation assistance from the City. The City expects other tenants to remain on site for the time being – the parcel at the intersection of 130th and Aurora – will continue to operate as an automobile dealership, mechanic shop and car detailing; the middle parcel will continue to be leased to Comcast for vehicle parking. The City is actively managing the entire site and will respond quickly to property management requests If you notice site maintenance needs, including trash or graffiti removal, please report it by contacting the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 (CITY) or by filling out the service request form.
The site-selection criteria used by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, working with the Seattle Police Department, were:
- Meets SPD's operational needs
- 3.2-4.5 acres; appropriate zoning
- Location offers:
- good access to I-5, north-south and east-west arterials
- proximity to areas of high police activity
- quality radio reception
- Minimal site contamination/clean-up preferred
- Consideration for impact to existing businesses
A project status update, including information regarding the recommended site, was presented to the City Council Government Performance and Finance Committee on Sept. 18.