Since 1976, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has been conducting its primary law enforcement responsibilities in a facility originally constructed as a Multnomah County health clinic. As a law enforcement facility, it is inefficient and lacks proper functional amenities required to support modern best practices. Most building systems continue to be repaired and maintained beyond their useful life, and seismic liability presents unacceptable risk for the county to continue operating as a first responder agency, and as an Emergency Operations Center. In 1998, the Hansen Building was placed on the county disposition list. In 2004, the county declared the facility a surplus property. In 2006, the Multnomah County Hansen Action Plan Committee determined it should be vacated within three years. However, the state of the economy and forecasting for the coming fiscal year deterred the plan.
Meanwhile, continued population growth and the geographical shift of the county’s growth center toward the east have gradually made the current location at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street an increasing service liability for MCSO operations. Travel time and congestion levels on routes to and from Interstate 84 and to primary areas of service needs have diminished efficiency of operation. Replacement of the facility creates the opportunity to improve these factors with a new location closer to Interstate 84 and is in the center of the service area.