Voters approve bond measure for new public safety center in Beaverton


It has been a week since Election Day, but in Washington County some election results were just announced.

On Tuesday, the City of Beaverton announced that voters approved Bond Measure 34-250.

Now, the city will move forward with plans to construct a 90,000 square foot public safety center at the corner of Southwest Hall and Southwest Allen.

The facility is meant to resolve issues the police department has dealt with for years.

In its current location, the Beaverton Police Department lobby has become a multi-purpose room. There, officers register sex offenders, detain suspects and even interview victims of crimes. It's the only suitable room they have to handle these tasks, despite its complete lack of privacy.

"Often times I'll walk by and there's a victim in there that has tears in her eyes or his eyes relay to officer what's going on. We have to have dignity, we have to have a separate location for that," said Captain Adam Spang.

The building's design flaws allows criminals to cross paths with victims and adult offenders to be near minors.

Spang says it's a safety issue, one that has resulted in some close calls.

The new facility will not only address these security concerns, it would also be built to critical safety standards, able to withstand a major earthquake.

Additionally, it will provide private areas for crime victims and minors, and will include an emergency operations center with disaster-response equipment.

Although the center will cost $35 million, the measure will not increase residents' bond tax rate because it replaces the Beaverton City Library construction bonds.

Property owners will continue to pay about $4.20 per month for property with an assessed value of $250,000.

The city says the design and permitting phases of the project will begin immediately and last 12 months.

The construction phase of the project is expected to take up to 24 months, which means the public safety center is estimated for completion for early 2020.

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