City planning New Police Station for North Precinct

The existing North Precinct Police Station, built in 1984 to house 154 staff and now home to 254, is badly overcrowded and there is not enough space available to adequately expand it on its current site. In 2013, the City began planning activities in advance of locating and building a new station. During the following year, the City assembled an architecture and engineering team to perform building predesign work without waiting for the purchase of an actual site, and then acquired three parcels of land for a new precinct station.

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January 2017 Update
In September 2016, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs. The City still strongly believes there is a need for a new police facility in north Seattle and remains committed to replacing the current building.

To that end, the City is developing a public engagement process plan, to include a full Racial Equity Toolkit, to receive feedback from the community. The Department of Neighborhoods will lead this effort, with support from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Seattle Police Department. As it is still under development, there is not a firm timeline for this process, but it is likely to play out over 2017.

At the same time, the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program budget passed in November 2016 by City Council included $12.1 million – $500,000 in 2017 and $11.6 million in 2018 – for current and future North Precinct facility needs. Council directed the use of those funds to planning, design and construction for long-term facility needs in North Seattle as well as addressing interim needs, including, but not limited to, building upgrades, system maintenance and facility maintenance at the current building, and temporary facilities.

The Mayor's priorities for the North Precinct were to:

  • Relieve overcrowding conditions by leasing additional space near the current facility. We'll be looking to accommodate current staff as well as the increased staff the Mayor has committed to hiring; by early 2020 SPD anticipates 70 of the 200 new officers will be assigned to work in the North Precinct.
  • Address high priority needs in the existing facility to extend its life, including improvements to the roofing, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems; the sallyport, detainee processing, lockers and interview rooms; pavement, drainage and security; and exterior storage.
  • Complete a community engagement process, including a full Racial Equity Toolkit.
  • Begin planning for a new facility.