Plan­ning

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Con­tact re­porter John Glid­den at 707-553-6832.

in­volved whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate to move po­lice op­er­a­tions into the two-story 60,000 square-foot build­ing lo­cated along the city’s wa­ter­front.

“When I came on as chief, they told me that I was go­ing to get this new build­ing,” said Vallejo po­lice Chief Shawny Wil­liams. “They told me how much of a re­cruit­ment tool this build­ing would be to at­tract qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.”

Wil­liams spoke prior to staff pre­sent­ing the zon­ing changes to the seven-per­son com­mis­sion.

He said the cur­rent po­lice sta­tion, lo­cated on Amador Street, has no space to pro­vide emer­gency ser­vices, nor is there any ad­di­tional of­fice space. He noted there is no room at the cur­rent head­quar­ters for the new pub­lic in­for­ma­tion an­a­lyst

— tasked with be­ing the de­part­ment’s spokesper­son.

Wil­liams also ad­dressed con­cerns about po­lice leav­ing with sirens blar­ing from the new pro­posed sta­tion, stat­ing that such oc­cur­rences are un­likely as most of the time, of­fi­cers are de­ployed around the city, pa­trolling one of the eight beats in Vallejo.

Coun­cil­man Ha­keem Brown, ad­dress­ing the com­mis­sion from the speaker’s podium, ad­vo­cated for the new po­lice build­ing. Since the idea was first brought up, Brown has been a sup­porter of the pro­ject.

“That is no way for em­ploy­ees to work (in),” Brown said about the cur­rent head­quar­ters, which have suf­fered from as­bestos and lead con­tam­i­na­tion, and along with ac­cess is­sues. “There is an ur­gency here — we don’t have all day.”

A re­port pre­pared for the city con­cluded there would not be any sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts in traf­fic, noise, or

other en­vi­ron­men­tal

Op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed move in­cludes con­cerns with fu­ture flood­ing of the area due to cli­mate change, safety of res­i­dents and guests dur­ing events along the wa­ter­front, and the costs as­so­ci­ated with ren­o­vat­ing the 15-year-old build­ing for po­lice use.

In Fe­bru­ary, the coun­cil ap­proved spend­ing $13.4 mil­lion to buy the build­ing. Costs have ranged be­tween $10 to 20 mil­lion to ren­o­vate the build­ing for po­lice use — in­clud­ing in­stalling a bal­lis­tic rated wall along most of the build­ing.

There are also plans to build a 2,400-square foot phys­i­cal train­ing build­ing and a 7,175-square foot ser­vice build­ing.

Com­mis­sion Vice Chair Peggy Co­hen-Thomp­son said it was “very fit­ting” to have the sta­tion near the tran­sit cen­ter, shop­ping, City Hall as it tied in with the down­town.

fac­tors.

Mean­while, Com­mis­sioner Chris Platzer ex­pressed con­cerns with the pro­ject, stat­ing that there are nu­mer­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing pos­si­ble flood­ing.

“It’s not a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity,” he said.

Com­mis­sion­ers J.R. Mat­u­lac, and Kath­leen Dio­hep voted against the ac­tion. The com­mis­sion also voted down a sep­a­rate mo­tion from Dio­hep rec­om­mend­ing the coun­cil look at other ar­eas in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity about pos­si­ble use as a po­lice sta­tion.

That mo­tion was de­feated 4-3 with Dio­hep, Mat­u­lac and new Com­mis­sioner Thomas Judt ap­prov­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion.

CHRIS RI­LEY — TIMES-HER­ALD FILE PHOTO

The cur­rent State Farm In­sur­ance build­ing on Mare Is­land Way is the pos­si­ble new home of the Vallejo Po­lice De­part­ment.

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