The opening of the new home for the Kirkland Police Department and Kirkland Municipal Court is being celebrated on Saturday, May 31, 1 to 4 p.m. City officials will lead off the celebration with welcome remarks, the unveiling of the construction plaque and ribbon cutting. Tours will be available from 1 to 4 p.m.
After July 2014, the phyiscal address of the Kirkland Municipal Court will be 11740 NE 118th Street and the Kirkland Police Department will be 11750 NE 118th Street.
In anticipation of serving 30,000 new residents due to the largest annexation in Kirkland’s history, the City purchased an existing commercial building for the purpose of co-locating police and court services to better serve Kirkland’s population of 80,000. Police, Corrections, and Municipal Court staff work closely coordinate services to ensure the public is safe and that all customers are treated fairly. The building provides the following benefits:
- Locates the base for public safety services in the geographic center of the City.
- Improves the Kirkland Police Department’s operational spaces and reduces costly inefficiencies, such as misdemeanant transportation from multiple contracted jail facilities to the Court.
- Increases on-site parking for Kirkland Municipal Court clients and jurors, reducing on-street parking.
- Provides stable jail costs for housing misdemeanant that meets current needs and increases the capacity for use of alternative sentencing such as electronic home detention
The City hired a public safety technical consultant and architectural firm to assist City staff with the design, layout, and furnishing of the building. Costs will be funded primarily from the sale of general obligation bonds, the sale of current city-owned buildings that will be vacated, and from reserve accounts that have been set aside over time for facility upgrades and remodels.
Building features include:
- 102,000 square feet of interior space with 18,000 square feet dedicated to the Kirkland Municipal Court and 84,000 square feet dedicated to the Police Department.
- 2 large courtrooms and 1 smaller courtroom.
- 1 Community multi-purpose room.
- Security fence to be installed around the north parking lot.
- Secure staff entrances and public entrances for police and court visitors.
- Indoor and outdoor art.
- A plaza area will be outside of the front entrances.
- Crime lab & evidence room.
- Training and fitness room.
- Booking Center and corrections facility.
- The City seeks to achieve a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver designation for the building.
In 2012 and 2013, the City held informational meetings with surrounding neighbors. Prior to the January 13, 2013 meeting, neighboring properties received an informational mailer that addresses concerns expressed at the first community meeting held in July 2012. At the second meeting, Police Department representatives explained that the release of inmates will be appropriately timed with the start time of a neighborhing school.
Construction began in May 2013 and the building is expected to be open in July 2014.
Page updated: March 31, 2014