Police Station and Municipal Court Building
The City completed the purchase of the existing Harrison Medical Building on Madison Avenue on January 31, 2020.
The City plans to adopt it for use as a new Police Station and Municipal Court building.
The Harrison Medical Building site includes a 3.13-acre parcel and an existing two-story building with approximately 18,000 square feet of space.
The current project schedule anticipates construction to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2021.
The Council is scheduled to receive regular quarterly briefings on the project as the planning and construction phases move forward.
November 2020 - Learn more here about the general chronology of City Council deliberations related to the Police-Court project during 2013-2020. There may be omissions in this information due to the extensive work that was related to this multi-year effort.
August 2020 - The Hearing Examiner has approved the City’s proposed Police Station and Municipal Court Facility Project, marking another milestone in the next phase of the project.
A hearing was held Aug. 13 for Hearing Examiner Andrew Reeves to consider approval of a Site Plan/Design Review Major Adjustment and a Conditional Use Permit for the proposed project. In his summary, Reeves included conditions for the project; most of the conditions were applied to the original development and now carry forward to the City project. The Hearing Examiner’s decision will become final following a 21-day period to allow for any appeals.
The next steps for the project include: submitting a building permit application in the next few weeks, completion of design documents, and advertisement for construction bids later this year.
The City Hearing Examiner held a public hearing on August 13, 2020 to consider the Police and Court project application materials and the Planning Director’s recommendation. He will issue a decision on the project recommendation within 10 working days, after which there will a 21-day period to allow for any appeals, before the decision is final.
June 2020 - The Planning Commission made a recommendation of approval on the Police-Court facility project during its June 11 meeting. The next step is for Director of Planning and Community Development to make a recommendation to the Hearing Examiner at a public hearing. The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Following the June 2, 2020 city council meeting, the Council decided, after careful consideration, that it will not pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new Police Station and Municipal Court project. Instead, the Council will commit to seeking more efficient means to achieve the same carbon footprint reduction that implementing LEED would have achieved.
On May 18, 2020, the Design Review Board recommended approval of the Police Station & Municipality Court Building project and recommends the project return to the Planning Commission for further review and future forwarding to the Hearing Examiner for the proposed Conditional Use Permit & Site Plan Review major adjustment.
On February 13, 2020, the project was presented to the Planning Commission and will be discussed again at a future meeting.
On January 27, 2020, CHI Franciscan Health vacated the existing building and relocated to 1344 Wintergreen Lane NE on Bainbridge Island. This move allowed the City to close on the property purchase and take ownership of the existing building.
On January 21, 2020, staff provided the City Council with an update and sustainability discussion on the Police and Court project. The City Council directed staff to bring back a professional services agreement to hire a consultant to investigate LEED certification.
On October 15, 2019 and December 10, 2019, staff provided the City Council with information about the sustainable building features of the existing building and plans to incorporate additional green building efficiencies during the renovation. These discussions will continue at City Council on January 21, 2020.
On September 24, 2019, City Council approved moving forward with $12 million of funding from existing City resources and $8 million of funding from long-term debt, and to issue Council-manic bonds, also known as Limited Tax General Obligation (LTGO) bonds to fund the design and construction of the new Police and Court Building. LTGO bonds are repaid using existing City revenues and will not increase property taxes.
On April 23, 2019, City Council considered, and approved on May 14, 2019, the design contract with Coates Design for the new Police/Court building.
On March 26, 2019, the City Council approved the formal Purchase and Sale Agreement for the existing Harrison Medical Building as the site for a facility to replace the current police station and municipal court leased building.