For the past 15 years, the City of Claremont has researched options for replacing the Police Station on Bonita Avenue. The existing station no longer meets the needs of the Police Department and community.
The City, with the assistance from citizens, developed and revised conceptual plans for a new police station from 2014-2018. To pay for the cost of building a new station, the City Council placed a parcel tax before voters on November 3, 2015 and a General Obligation tax before voters on June 5, 2018. Both Measures PS and SC failed to get the 2/3 vote needed to pass.
On June 26, 2018, the City Council unanimously decided to form a Citizens Advisory Committee to advise the City Council on possible actions to address the condition of the station. To get a diverse group of residents for the Citizens Advisory Committee, the City advertised for applicants with a range of opinions on the previous measures. The Mayor selected Committee members in August.
The Committee will meet monthly from August of 2018 to June of 2019. All meetings will be noticed and open to the public. Staff is requesting the Committee make a final recommendation in May of 2019 to present to the Council in June of 2019.
The objective of the committee will be to review and advise the City Council on the following issues related to the Police Station:
- Identify issues of concern raised during two previous ballot measures.
- Review Police Department needs and conceptual plans for the replacement of the existing station.
- Analyze possible funding for the replacement of the station.
- Identify alternatives to building a new station.
November 7, 2018
February 20, 2019
March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 8, 2019
October 23 City Council Meeting
The City Council directed staff to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the mitigation of the immediate safety hazards in the existing Police Station. This will address immediate hazards but will not correct the structural deficencies in the station construction including attaching the roof to the walls of the station. The Council voted to return the recommendation for additional funding to study the reuse and expansion of the existing station and adaptation of the City Yard.
October 17, 2018 Committee Meeting
The Committee was given a staff presentation on the results of the public engagement workshop and Thoughtexchange. The engineering firm IDS gave a presentation on the environmental conditional of the existing station. The firm determined the station is seismically deficient and requires removal of environmental hazards. IDS estimated a cost of $1.5 million to make improvements to the structure and mechanical systems which would make it seismically safe. The estimated $1.5 million in seismic improvements would not address the issues with lack of work and storage space, modernization of the facility, ADA compliance, and jail non-compliance.
IDS also presented a preliminary concept of reusing the existing station and building above and to the side of the building. The cost and logistics of reusing the existing station are not known and additional study would be needed. Staff recommended the Committee move forward on a recommendation to Council to develop an RFP to address immediate safety concerns, and forward a recommendation to Council to appropriate $15,000 for a feasibility study of the reuse of the existing station and $15,000 for a feasibility study of the City Yard.
September 26, 2018 Committee Meeting
The Committee held a public workshop to gather input from the community.