The new consolidated facility will be at the intersection of Northeast 25th Avenue and Beacon Court.

COURTESY MAP: CITY OF HILLSBORO - The City of Hillsboro plans to design and construct a new policing headquarters by 2026.

Hillsboro this week announced plans to build a new police headquarters at a site east of the downtown area.

The advantages for the city are twofold: The Hillsboro Police Department will have a new building with enough space to consolidate its operations, and the current police station at 250 S.E. 10th Ave. can be redeveloped as part of a planned revitalization of the 10th Avenue corridor.

The police department currently occupies a former grocery store on 10th Avenue and a leased building inside a commercial park off Northeast Cornell Road.

The consolidated headquarters are slated to be built near the Hillsboro Airport and Northeast Evergreen Road, at the intersection of Northeast 25th Avenue and Beacon Court.

The new location will be city-owned and in close proximity to a Hillsboro Fire & Rescue station and the Hillsboro Public Works Department headquarters, which city officials say will improve efficiency.

"The capabilities of the personnel from across the city to move about and throughout the city and be out on location, and then circle back to the headquarters, and then go back out into the community makes this really a strong site location," said city spokesperson Patrick Preston.

A new police headquarters has been a city priority for a number of years, said City Manager Robby Hammond, who anticipates the need will be greater as the community continues to grow.

"The city has been looking for several years to identify a location to build a new headquarters and consolidate our precincts," he said. "This is an ideal location, and it's large enough to truly support our police department employees in serving our community."

Officials say the new headquarters will provide on-site community meeting rooms to host educational programs, training, and other gatherings. It will serve as a meeting site for the Hillsboro Police Community Advisory Group and the Hillsboro Community Academy.

The location is also anticipated to offer better parking infrastructure and open space that Hillsboro officials hope will be used by both members of the police department and the community.

The new building will also be seismically sound, a key characteristic that Oregon planners are considering when building new infrastructure in anticipation of the inevitable Cascadia earthquake.

"There's structural components to the project that are very important, such as walls and foundations," said Hillsboro's capital and development division manager, Sean Morrison. "It will hopefully stand up to a seismic event, and then also, we can more quickly operate the facility after a seismic event."

Seismic safety was also a top consideration for neighboring Beaverton in building a new public safety center. The Beaverton Police Department relocated from an older building off Southwest Griffith Drive to a new building at the corner of Southwest Hall and Allen boulevards in 2020.

Forest Grove and Tigard have also discussed the possibility of replacing their small, aging police stations in recent years, although voters there would likely have to approve a property tax measure to pay for them.

In Hillsboro, exact funding sources for the new police facility have not been identified yet, nor has a price tag been announced, but officials say the city has been setting money aside for a number of years to help pay for the project.

Morrison estimates the new headquarters will occupy approximately 75,000 square feet, but that figure is subject to change.

Planners will spend 2022 and 2023 forming a concept design. The goal is to have the headquarters complete by 2026.

The move will open up the 10th Avenue space for future development and coincides with Hillsboro's 10th Avenue visioning process, which aims to transform the north-south route connecting Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway and Cornell Road into a more attractive, engaging streetscape.

To learn more about how to participate in the visioning process, visit the city's website.

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