The City of Hood River is actively planning for its future public safety facility needs. This project webpage is under construction, but will soon be a one-stop for all project related information. Please check back soon for additional content and consider signing up for City emails at: https://cityofhoodriver.gov/community/stay-connected/. Below are links to prior City newsletter articles on the Police Facility Project:
The City of Hood River has no record of its Police department ever occupying a purpose-built facility. Instead department operations have periodically shuffled between sharing space at various governmental and privately leased office space around the downtown area.
There have been several attempts to build a tailored public safety building but none have been successful to-date. In 1996 & 1997, planning activities were completed for several possible sites, including Morrison Park, the State Street Lot, and City Hall location. Consideration was given to co-locating the Police Department with the Fire Department when the Myers Parkway Station bond was floated in 2008, but ultimately only the Fire Station and apparatus replacement was requested of voters.
Later in 2010 during the Great Recession, the City sold its property at 301 Oak Street in order to consolidate City offices in a remodeled City Hall at 211 2nd Street. Prior to this consolidation, the Police Department and Municipal Court occupied both floors of 211 2nd Street. Police were moved to the daylight basement of the building. The basement received only minor updates with the understanding that the space didn’t lend itself to being a permanent home for the department.
The Hood River City Council prioritized planning for a future police facility at their 2018 Goal Setting session and have reaffirmed their commitment to the project each year thereafter. The architectural firm Mackenzie was awarded a competitive contract in 2019 to complete a space needs analysis, site evaluation, and preliminary concept design.
The preliminary space needs report was accepted by the City Council in August, 2019. The space needs report can be found HERE and the PowerPoint presentation to the City Council is HERE. The project is now evaluating potential sites that can accommodate the recommended facility size and expects to forward recommended sites to the City Council in early 2020.
The voter approved 2008 Fire Station bonds will retire in 2022. This creates a natural opportunity to ask voters for an extension to the City’s bonding authority for the community’s first-ever purpose-built police facility. An analysis by the City’s financial advisory firm, PiperJaffray, calculates that existing bonding authority will generate approximately $12 million if current tax rates are extended for an additional 20 years.
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