Beaverton PD ‘desperately’ needs new building

by: Hannah Button, KOIN News

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Posted: Jun 7, 2016 / 10:42 PM PDT / Updated: Jun 7, 2016 / 10:42 PM PDT

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A plan to upgrade the building where police and other emergency services are housed in Beaverton was rejected in 2014, but voters may soon get another chance to weigh in on the issue.

It would cost $35 million to retrofit the building, which city leaders say needs major seismic upgrades in order to withstand a potentially devastating earthquake.

“Our police desperately need a new building,” councilmember Lacey Beaty said.

A committee in favor of the plan made its pitch to the city council Tuesday night saying, despite the 2014 vote, locals now want a facility that will stay standing.

“People are more aware of the vulnerabilities,” Capt. Jim Monger with Beaverton PD said. “Right now, [at] our current police facility, if we were to have this type of earthquake we wouldn’t be able to respond. We’d be buried under the rubble.”

Capt. Monger and others say it’s time for a new building.

But where would it go?

The current plan would involve tearing down the Beaverton Activities Center at the intersection of SW Hall and Allen, and constructing a 90,000 sq-ft facility in its place.

The city says it would come up with $35 million to construct the building from a previously-passed bond measure and a start-up chunk from the general fund.

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