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Site chosen for new North Precinct police station

The Seattle Police Department hopes to build its new North Precinct station at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. SPD has outgrown its current North Precinct at 10049 College Way.

The city will host an informational community open house about the proposal from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

The City Council needs to review and approve legislation authorizing the property acquisition; that’s expected in December. SPD hopes to open the new station in late 2018.

While actual facility design has yet to begin, the new station is expected to be approximately 60,000+ square feet with a useful life of 30 to 50 years and able to accommodate up to 370 officers and civilian staff, with on-site multistory parking for patrol cars, visitors and staff. It will also offer community meeting space and include public art. The Police Department’s specific needs for the new station, including the type and amount of space required for current and future needs will be verified during the predesign process.

The need for a new north precinct police station was first identified in a 1998 program study of the SPD’s Master Plan and further supported by a 2002 feasibility study. The existing station, located at 10049 College Way N. was built in 1984 to house 154 staff and is now home to 254. The size and shape of the property prohibits adequate expansion at its current location. The approximately 40+ additional SPD personnel and functions currently housed in roughly 15,000 square feet of north-end leased space will be relocated to the new station when it opens.

The property of the future police station consists of two adjoining parcels, one of which is currently occupied by a preowned automobile dealership. The other, while mostly a vacant lot, also has an older office building, warehouse and ancillary buildings on it.