BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — The Beaverton Police Department will have a new building that will better withstand an earthquake once it’s built and open in a few years.
Voters in Beaverton narrowly approved a bond measure that would provide money to build a new public safety building. It’s scheduled for completion by 2020.
The vote won’t be official until November 28, but Washington County officials said the math doesn’t lie. They believe they have the votes to begin making plans for a new public safety headquarters.
The current building housing the police department would not survive a major earthquake. It’s also in a flood plain.
“This is a long time coming,” Interim Police Chief Jim Monger told KOIN 6 News. “We were only supposed to be (in their current building) for about 10 years. We’ve been here over 30 years.”
They share the building at 4755 SW Griffith Drive with other city departments.
“We literally bring people through the exterior doors into an area where officers are writing reports. It’s not a secured area. It’s not safe for the people we’re bringing into the station,” Monger said.
The current building will be demolished, but that won’t begin until at least the summer of 2017. Over the next few months, the city will be taking construction bids.
“It’s a thrilling time. Our officers working in Beaverton, they never worked out of a true police facility before,” he said.
Voters narrowly rejected the measure in 2014. But Holly Thompson, the Beaverton communications manager, said they revised the plan this time.
“We really revised the plan so that residents in Beaverton are going to pay the same tax rate as the public safety center as for the library,” Thompson said.
“We’re just grateful, we’re so appreciative and we know we’ll be able to better serve the community because of their generosity in this vote,” she said. “We’re just so incredibly grateful today.”