Tours are scheduled for early August

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The new $8.5 million police station will be outfitted with plenty of new amenities, including solar panels and a lobby protected by blast glass resistant to hand guns and explosives.West Linn is inviting residents to tour the new police station in early August.

Tours will be available Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon and Aug. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The City Council will officially dedicate the building, which located on 8th Avenue, at its grand opening on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.

Construction officially broke ground back in September, shortly after the city was forced to re-bid the project when offers came in well over budget. Todd Construction ultimately won the bid for construction at $5.25 million.

The project is the result of an $8.5 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in November 2011. The current police station was built in 1936, and, according to Police Chief Terry Timeus, it is no longer equipped to serve the department adequately.

The new station will be designed to withstand a seismic design category D earthquake, provide emergency dispatch and operations capability, accommodate training, evidence processing, storage, operations, communication and staffing needs for officers and K-9 units.

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