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Multnomah County wants help finding new home for sheriff's office

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was supposed to move into the county's Hansen Building on Northeast 122nd Avenue temporarily. Four decades later, county officials are looking for property to build a new sheriff's office.Multnomah County is looking for a new home for the sheriff’s office, and hopes property owners will help the search.

County officials issued a request for information on Friday, May 20, for properties that could be purchased and used by the sheriff’s office. Criteria are properties of at least 3.5 acres, preferably in the northeast part of the county, with easy access to Interstate 84 and public transportation. A target area is from Northeast Sandy Boulevard south to Southeast Stark Street, east to South Troutdale Road and west to Northeast 181st Avenue. The property also should be zoned for construction of a law enforcement facility.

The county hopes to spend between $18 million and $22 million to build the new facility.

Information on possible properties should be provided to the county by June 24. It will be evaluated by a county site selection committee.

The county’s Hansen Building, home to the sheriff’s office on Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street, was built in 1956 as a health clinic. The sheriff’s office made a “temporary” home in the building in 1976, and hoped to only stay for a short time until a permanent facility could be constructed. That move stretched into four decades.

The old building has a number of structural problems. County officials say it lacks necessary security operations and could be a risk in a major earthquake.