County Council actions will lead to new South Sound 911 Communications Center
At its meeting today, the Pierce County Council unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the County’s support for the voter-approved South Sound 911 public safety communications center and provides a path for demolishing the vacant Puget Sound Behavioral Health Hospital.
Resolution 2016-149 indicates the Council’s “policy and intent to move forward” with constructing the communications center at the site of the former Puget Sound Behavioral Health Hospital at 3580 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, Wash.
At the same meeting, the Council approved an amendment to the County’s budget that authorizes $2.7 million to tear down the cold-shuttered hospital. The County’s Facilities Management department will seek competitive bids for the project and expects to begin onsite work at the hospital site in spring 2017.
Speaking on behalf of the County Council, Chair Doug Richardson said, “We are pleased to move forward in making South Sound 911’s new center a reality. While it has taken longer than we would have preferred, we believe the location is ideal for all involved, including the neighbors in the surrounding community.”
The resolution passed by the Council also authorizes the Pierce County Executive to continue negotiations with South Sound 911 and Trammel Crow Company to design and construct the new center using a 63-20 financing framework.
Under 63-20 financing tax-exempt bonds are issued by a non-profit corporation on behalf of a public agency. The non-profit corporation works with a private development company to design and built a project through a fixed-price contract.
While 63-20 financing is commonly used across the country, this project will mark the first time the County has used a 63-20 plan. The City of Tacoma used a 63-20 to build the Center for Urban Waters.
Libby Catalinich, Pierce County Communications Director