Public safety center gets land use approvals
Beaverton's long-awaited Public Safety Center has taken a couple more steps to becoming a reality.
The City Council has given preliminary approval to put two city-owned parcels in the same land use designation and zoning district as the former Beaverton Activities Center.
The public also got a first look at a design for the new Public Safety Center, which will house police and emergency management at the southwest corner of Southwest Allen and Hall boulevards.
The council actions, which become final on a Feb. 13 vote, add a .25-acre vacant parcel already owned by the city, and a .42-acre parcel that the city bought from Portland Central Church Assembly of God, which used it as a parking lot. Both parcels carry Southwest Hall Boulevard addresses.
Mayor Denny Doyle says the council actions clear the way for demolition of the former activities center and a start on construction of the Public Safety Center late this year or early in 2019. Completion is envisioned in 2020.
The three-story building will be built to withstand a severe earthquake that could be triggered by movement on the Cascadia subduction zone off the Oregon coast.
The current police building at 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, which formerly housed City Hall, is not built to seismic standards.
Voters approved a $35 million bond issue for the new center in November 2016. They rejected a 2014 measure that would have rebuilt the center on the current Southwest Griffith Drive site, which will continue to house Beaverton Municipal Court.
Police Chief Jim Monger spoke at the design open house, which took place Feb. 1 at the Bridge Meadows apartment complex.
Most written comments about the proposed design — names were not required — raised questions about the amount of space available for community purposes in the new center.
The project team consists of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, FFA Architecture and Interiors, and Skanska Construction. They will come up with a final design.