The city of Troutdale broke ground Wednesday, Aug. 17, on its new police station in a vacant lot at Southwest Kendall Avenue south of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Describing the project as a 'dream come true,' police Chief Scott Anderson said the state-of-the-art station will help provide better police services to the city and serve as a center of operations during major emergencies.

The proposed 22,855-square-foot facility will replace the 55-year-old 4,200-square-feet police station on Dora Avenue, a former bank building that will be demolished. Troutdale voters in November 2010 approved a $7.5 million levy to finance the project.

Troutdale Mayor Jim Kight said he was delighted voters recognized the current police facility needed to be replaced, noting that it probably would not be left standing in an emergency.

In addition to the voters who supported the levy, Anderson and Kight thanked city officials and members of the public safety advisory committee for helping the project.

Anderson said HSR Master Planning and Architecture of Bend would soon have a drawing of the proposed facility. He said construction should start in the next few weeks.

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