Kirkland Completes Purchase of Future Public Safety Building in Totem Lake

Building to house police and Municipal Court services in 2013

The Kirkland City Council has long recognized the need to expand the inadequate work space and parking for the Police Department currently located at City Hall.  When the City Council accepted the annexation of the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate neighborhood areas, further studies were conducted to determine how best to provide Court, police and jail services.  After months of considering multiple options, including an expansion of City Hall and building a new public safety building, the Council decided to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase an existing commercial building and to design and remodel it to house police and court services.  On September 1, the City completed the purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $10.5 million for the 102,000 square foot building located at 11831 120th Avenue N.E.  The property, located in the Totem Lake area, once housed the “Costco Home” store.  The current tenant, My Home Furniture & Décor, will remain as a tenant until they relocate or until the City is ready to initiate remodeling.

“The move will allow us to consolidate our police, jail and Municipal Court services in one location, providing much-needed space and enhancing security,” notes City Manager Kurt Triplett.  “The new building is also located in what will become the geographic center of Kirkland after the annexation takes effect and we expect that this consolidation and new location will increase efficiency in operations.”

The City Council approved has approved a preliminary financing plan for facilities remodels and construction at City Hall, located on 5thAvenue, the City’s Maintenance Center, located on 8th Street and the Public Safety Building.  The purchase and modification of the new building is estimated to cost $10-$15 million less than significantly expanding City Hall to meet the City’s public safety needs.

The final cost for the purchase, design and remodel of the Public Safety Building, City Hall and the Maintenance Center will be funded primarily from the sale of general obligation bonds, the sale of current buildings that will no longer be needed and from reserve accounts that have been set aside over time for facilities upgrades and remodels.