OPINION: Tigard city facilities consolidation is a great project
I watched the Jan. 16 city facilities presentation to the Tigard City Council and am excited about the possibilities. The following was noted at the City Council meeting:
1. The Tigard City Hall complex was opened in 1986. It has outgrown the city's spacial needs.
2. The population was 20,000 in the mid-1980s. In 2021, 55,000 people live in Tigard.
3. The City Hall complex is aging, undersized, and needs extensive repairs and systems replacement.
4. City Hall was not designed to withstand an earthquake.
5. In the '80s, the total police force was 30. In 2021, the total police force is 97.
6. The existing facilities are expensive to maintain as they are reaching the end of normal life and are significantly undersized.
The new city facilities project could produce the following:
1. Construct Public Works outside of downtown Tigard.
2. Construct a new City Hall/Police Station and a shared-use parking structure on the current Public Works site.
3. Develop about 500 market-rate and affordable housing units on the existing City Hall site.
4. Attract new development for commercial space, housing and parking in the Tigard downtown area.
The cost estimate given at the presentation for the consolidation project was $148 million. This would be done without increasing taxes.
Required would be a ballot issue in November to extend the current property tax rate. It was estimated the issue in November to extend the current property tax rate. It was estimated the consolidation project would show the city savings of about $33 million over the next 20 years.
The consolidation project sounds like a great improvement for the city in working with the revitalized Main Street and the new planned community meeting space at Universal Plaza.
It will be a great boost for downtown Tigard to attract new shopping, dining and community gathering spaces. It will add to making Tigard a walkable city.
Tigard city facilities consolidation will be a great project.
Richard Shavey is a retired architect, former Tigard planning commissioner and Southwest Portland resident.
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