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May 13, 2015

Bainbridge eyes Sakai property for new police station

Bainbridge Island Review

Brian Kelly

Bainbridge city officials have been quietly considering a piece of land owned by the Sakai family on Madison Avenue as the site of a new police station.

City officials said Wednesday that the city council will discuss three potential locations for the new facility - the other two possible locations include land north of city hall and property next to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department's Madison Avenue fire station - at a work study session Tuesday, May 19.

The city acknowledged three locations were under consideration during the last council discussion of the new police facility project in early March, but officials would not say then where the third property was located.

The city said Wednesday the Sakai property is located next to the Sakai family property that the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District recently purchased with voter approval for a new park.

In early March, the city hired the consultant firm of Kidder Mathews to conduct an appraisal of the property. The parcel comprises 8.97 acres, is zoned for residential development and would require a conditional use permit.

Public records obtained from the city indicate the city became interested in the new property two months ago and also used the law firm of Alston, Courtnage & Bassetti to have an appraisal completed.

The city council will continue its discussion of locations for the new police station at its next study session, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 19.

The council hopes to make a final decision on a site by the end of June.

The Sakai site is the largest of the three under consideration; the other two properties are 1.89 acres and .75 acres in size and both would require a two-story building.

Since the Sakai is the biggest property, it also has the most flexibility in terms of the layout of the development, and is the most expensive, as well.

City officials have indicated that part of the property could be sold to reduce the cost of the land to the city.

Officials have also said the property could also be used to create a municipal campus at some point in the future.

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