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Posted on: March 28, 2019

City Council approves purchase of Harrison Medical Center Building

City Manager Morgan Smith signs the purchase documents alongside Judge McCulloch & Chief Horn

City Manager Morgan Smith signed a purchase and sale agreement on Wednesday, March 27 for the Harrison Medical Center Building, located at 8804 Madison Avenue N, in the amount of $8.975 million to support completion of a new police and municipal court facility.

“This is a very important milestone for our highest priority project,” said City Manager Morgan Smith. “I’m very pleased to be moving forward and excited to take up the next steps.”

The execution of this agreement follows the Bainbridge Island City Council’s approval on Tuesday night.

“The bottom line, to me, is that this site has clearly been shown to be the most cost-effective option to get a police facility,” said Councilmember Sarah Blossom during discussion before the vote.

The property includes a 3.13-acre parcel and an existing two-story building with approximately 18,000 square feet of space. The City intends to renovate the building to provide replacement facilities for the Police Department and Municipal Court. Based on feasibility studies performed in 2018, the approximate cost for the complete project, including property purchase and renovations, is estimated to be $20 million. The project is likely to be the most significant financial investment the City will make in the next 20 years.

“This project is the City’s highest priority for several reasons. First, because we need to a provide a safe and sustainable facility in order for our Police Department to continue to provide first-class community policing, and to be sufficiently prepared for emergencies and other public safety challenges. We also need to acknowledge that our Municipal Court should be housed in a location that is easy to access and that provides appropriate privacy and security for Court customers,” said Smith.  “Finally, we need to do everything we can to meet our commitments to deliver a project that is both functional and cost-effective. I believe that the decision to renovate this existing building puts us in the best position possible to meet all of these goals.”

The City will have 60 days to complete due diligence tasks outlined in the purchase agreement. Once that work is complete, the City will use the next six to nine months to develop more detailed plans for the building's renovation, to refine initial cost estimates, and to prepare documentation to bid the project's construction in early 2020.

“This is an historic moment for BIPD,” said Police Chief Jeff Horn. “Our officers are looking forward to transitioning to a modern facility.”

 More information on this project is available on the Police and Municipal Court Facility project page. Watch the March 26 Council discussion here.

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