Police Station and Municipal Court Planning
The Bainbridge Island City Council voted on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 to move forward with investigating the New Brooklyn site. This decision came after reviewing the Coates Design Analysis of the six potential sites and hearing public comments from the Open House held on April 12th.
Unfortunately, the New Brooklyn site is no longer available for acquisition; therefore, the City is moving forward with investigating the Yaquina Avenue site.
Below is a brief explanation of the site under consideration as well as the existing site. Click on the name of the site to see a “pro and con” list developed by Coates Design.
9657 NE YAQUINA AVE
Site is located adjacent to SR 305 and access is available from Madison Avenue N, which is a controlled intersection.
In 2006, the Webber Study took a much closer look at the existing Police Station site. In fact, the purpose of the study was to determine if it is, in fact, feasible to develop a facility that accommodates the program. Although the 2006 program included a combined Municipal Court/Police facility, a police only facility will still face many of the same challenges (see Webber Study), including:
- Access to the site is difficult. The police operations and employee ingress and egress is located on Olympic Drive. The traffic design as it is shown in the site layout is not a good design and will likely be revised by the engineers or require expensive street-work such as additional left-turn lanes or other traffic mitigations.
- Development of off-site parking may require construction of new parking lots and underground stormwater detention on private property. It is not known whether the adjacent property owners would be cooperative. Underground stormwater detention is expensive.
- As an urban site, the stormwater detention on the site would need to be underground. A larger, suburban site could accommodate stormwater detention with a pond, rather than a tank, which is much less expensive.
- Underground parking and building areas would need to be built. Underground parking is much more costly than surface parking. Additionally, the cost of the building with underground parking is much more expensive than building at-grade.
- The site requires a multi-story building. Because of the security separations, the building will require separate, redundant, vertical circulation systems that would not be required in a building that is built at-grade.
- The police operations in the secure parking area are not optimal. The sally-port is a single-entrance sally-port. By definition, and for operations purposes, a sally-port should be designed so that cars enter the sally-port and drive forward through a second door to exit.
- There is no room on the site for any "public benefit" features.
For a history of the decision-making process on this project please visit the Police facility background page.
Why Does the Current Police Station Need to be Replaced?
In 2014, the City contracted with the Mackenzie firm to conduct a study of the current police and court facilities, and analyze potential options for replacement. The study found that the current facility is undersized and outdated for effective, modern law enforcement. There are numerous deficiencies, listed in the report below is a small sample:
Structural and Site deficiencies: Unreinforced masonry buildings like this one have proven to perform very poorly during seismic events. Additionally, the current site lacks sufficient space, has areas that are cramped and difficult to access, has unsecured parking, and has loose wiring for electricity and telecommunications that rests on the rooftop and is easily subject to tampering or damage from adjacent trees.
Evidence Storage: The evidence technician's desk is located within the evidence storage room, exposing the employee to constant interaction with potentially dangerous substances.
Records Archives: The archives room was the subject of a prior sewage leak, thankfully compromising only one bin of documents. The storage space is currently filled to capacity.
Interview Rooms: The interview rooms lack the proper technology to effectively record meetings and provide security and privacy for the police, victims, and suspects.
Toilet Room: Neither of the two restrooms are fully ADA compliant, one meets the spatial requirements, though it lacks the vertical grab bar necessary. Both are accessed through the public lobby and pose a security risk to officers and staff.
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