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Construction on new police station begins

Under blue sunny skies, Gresham politicians and law enforcement officials turned shovels full of dirt to mark the groundbreaking of the city’s new police station Thursday, March 7.

The $5.5 million Rockwood Public Safety Facility at 675 N.E. 181st Ave. is being funded through bonds made possible by Gresham voters who 10 years ago created the city’s first urban renewal district in the West Gresham-Rockwood area.by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis used a backhoe to dig dirt for the groundbreaking of the new police station that will be located in the Rockwood area.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis.

“I don’t think I can overestimate what a monumental difference this will make in this neighborhood,” he added.

Designed by Group Mackenzie, a Portland-based architecture and design firm, the two-story 12,000-square-foot building will face busy Northeast 181st Avenue where Kasch’s Garden Center used to sit.

P&C Construction, which started in 1961 based out of a house in Gresham, is the contractor.

The Rockwood Public Safety Facility will provide a closer home-base for officers who respond to calls from the Rockwood West-Gresham area — the city’s most densely populated area that generates the highest percentage of police calls.

It will house the department’s traffic and gang units as well as property and evidence technicians. by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger talks with Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson following the official groundbreaking.

It also will include a temporary booking facility, property and evidence storage, and a police training room that will double as a community meeting space.

“This is going to be the city’s building,” said Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger, “and we want people to feel comfortable visiting us and using this facility.”

The new station will complement the department’s crowded space at Gresham City Hall on Northwest Eastman Parkway between Division and Burnside streets.



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