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F. In May 2002 the first step in removing functions from City Hall so that it <br />could be replaced was taken when voters approved a bond measure to relocate Fire <br />Station #1 from City Hall to a new downtown fire station at 13th and Willamette Street <br />The Council also approved using internal funding from the Facility Reserve for a <br />Forensics Evidence Unit and Property Control Unit facility to be built at a site on <br />Roosevelt Boulevard in May 2002 in order to relocate personnel that were working in the <br />basement of City hall into a safer and more suitable working space <br /> <br /> G. The policies in the Downtown Plan were adopted by the City Council in <br />April 2004, after a four-year process to develop the plan In 2000, the City Council <br />appointed a Committee for Greater Downtown Visioning to explore the future of <br />downtown The vision that emerged promoted downtown as a thriving, active urban <br />center with ties to our rich natural heritage, a variety of intermingled activities, and safe, <br />inviting streets This vision was used as a basis for updating the Downtown Plan, which <br />included the concept of a "Civic Street" that would link a series of existing and planned <br />open spaces, and be the first choice for future civic buildings, including a new city hall or <br />police headquarters <br /> <br /> H. Mayor Torrey initiated the formation of a Civic Facilities Visioning <br />Committee in January 2004 that was charged with developing a coordinated vision of <br />civic building and infrastructure needs downtown and to submit recommendations to the <br />Council on how to implement that vision <br /> <br /> I. The Mayor's Civic Facilities Visioning Committee presented its report to <br />the City Council in June 2004 that set out a vision for future development of a Civic <br />Center, policy principles to guide the development, and recommendations on how the <br />vision could be implemented The Council adopted a revised set of policy principles in <br /> th <br />July 2004 that included a consolidation of City functions, reinforcement of 8 Avenue as <br />the Great Civic Street, enhancement of open space, development of partnerships, <br />inclusion of public safety services, provision of adequate transportation alternatives, <br />employment of sustainable cost-effective development approaches, and a plan for mixed <br />use development <br /> <br /> J. During June and July 2004 the City Council considered a number of <br />options for implementation of the Civic Center Vision, and determined that the vision <br />should be implemented in a phased approach with a Community Safety Building being <br />the first step in creating the new Civic Center Vision The first phase would include <br />space for the Police Department's estimated needs for the next 10 years, a back-up 911 <br />center, space for social service agencies to co-locate with the Police Department, <br />expansion of and improvements to the downtown park blocks, and street enhancements to <br />achieve the "Civic Street" concept recommended in the Downtown Plan The City's <br />existing internal resources are sufficient to fund a Community Safety Building with a <br />back-up 911 Center, but are not sufficient to include space for social service agencies to <br />co-locate with the Police Department, provide additional space to meet needs for the next <br />10 years, or fund expansion of and improvements to the downtown park blocks, or street <br />enhancements to achieve the "Civic Street" concept recommended in the Downtown <br /> <br />Resolution - 2 <br /> <br /> <br />