City Council nixed two locations from its site list for a new
Bainbridge Island Police headquarters Tuesday night.
The council discussed four different options, removing the
Visconsi development location and the city-owned gravel lot by City
Hall, because both sites were viewed problematic locations.
Expansion at the gravel lot could affect future retail
development options downtown, while the Visconsi location was seen
as too far away from City Hall as well as having potential traffic
The two locations still being considered are a site on Madison
Avenue, adjacent to the north of City Hall, and 1.89-acres along
New Brooklyn Road by Bainbridge Island Fire Station 21 on Madison
Avenue, which was assessed for $232,000. A nearby 2.1 acre parcel
to the New Brooklyn Road site sold for $1.3 million in November
2013, according to city documents.
The city will not provide any additional information
on the property north of City Hall at this time, said City
Spokeswoman Kellie Stickney.
Last fall, City Council voted 5-2 against a joint police and
City Manager Doug Schulze said the goal was to have the police
headquarters near City Hall, while other council members voiced
concerns about being a tenant to the fire department.
A Seattle architectural firm presented the idea of a joint
facility by the fire station along New Brooklyn Road, where the
city is considering purchasing 1.89 acres for a police station.
The architectural firm found in June that building a joint
facility would cost $15.3 million, versus $17.6 million for
building them separately. A June phone poll of 200 island residents
found 87 percent favored a combined facility.
While location was the primary concern for the Visconsi
location, couple council members had issue with the price tag of
the site as well.
The Visconsi $2.05 million price tag includes the land, cost of
a new road, utilities and project costs.
Bradley Goldberg, vice president of development, told Schulze in
an email earlier this month there would need to be a “quick close”
in 60 to 90 days to sell the city the land at $2.05 million.
Councilman Wayne Roth said he saw the Visconsi development offer
as a “really strong invitation not to located there,” because the
city had repeatedly asked for more information and a presentation
nearly two months ago that were never provided.
The city had asked about the option to own the land after a
lease, but was instead given a rent option.
Last month, Visconsi developers sent the city a letter of
intent, outlining a general 20-year rental agreement with the city.
The 24,500 square-foot building would be two stories. Rent would
start at $943,250 a year and increase 10 percent every five years,
being about $1.255 a year after 15 years, totaling more than $21
million over 20 years. The city would have the option to renew the
lease every five years before an increase with the ability to end
the lease with one year notice.
The city would be responsible for traffic impact fees, wiring
and building the interior, including drywall, first floor slab,
flooring and lighting.
The city is continuing to seeking other sites.
This post was updated to correct who owns the property on
Madison Avenue by City Hall and typos from the City Council agenda,
including information for the New Brooklyn Road property.