Forest Grove mulls alternative police station plans
The city of Forest Grove is considering a handful of options to replace its outdated and undersized police station.
Two options presented to the City Council last week include a roughly $20 million renovation and expansion of the existing space.
Ideas for a new police station have been floated for years, but new proposals put before the City Council on June 28 by architecture firm Mackenzie. The proposal for the expanded police station include options for either a one-story or two-story annex to be constructed to the south of the existing building, located at 2102 Pacific Ave.
In addition to the annex, the project would include a remodel of the interior of the existing police station.
If built, the $15 million single-story addition would add roughly 8,000 square feet to the existing station, and include a secured parking structure behind the current building. The $20.4 million two-story option would add more than 17,000-square-feet and move the secure parking lot into the current Forest Grove Library parking lot.
Public library parking would run south along Birch Street from the library to 19th Avenue.
A third option would be to build a $20.7 million new police station on the corner of 19th Avenue and Birch Street.
Paul Downey, the city's administrative services director, stressed both designs are just proposals and no plans have been made to move forward.
"We're just talking concepts," Downey said. "If either of these options came to fruition there'd be a lot more discussion on design and how everything flowed together on the whole block."
The cost of an entirely new station was estimated to.
The current police station was built in 1978. Department officials say it no longer adequately serves the city, which has doubled in size over the last 40 years. The city has said that the existing facility lacks the space necessary for storing critical evidence and police records, has only one interview room, lacks the space to separate juveniles from adult offenders, and has insufficient workspace for officers.
Downey said the proposals were requested so councilors could see both the cost and operational differences between an entirely new facility, or expanding the current space.
"We'll look closer at the operational effects of all of the options," Downey said. "Then we'll get input from the (Community Policing Advisory Committee) and some other groups, then go back to the council and see which approach they may want to move forward with."
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