Toledo City Manager Craig Martin says Toledo’s Police Department should move up out of the Tsunami inundation zone so if the “big one” ever hits, police officers wouldn’t be among the first emergency services to lose their headquarters.
Martin says it’s motivated talks between the city and Columbia Bank which owns the empty financial building on Business Highway 20 going up the hill toward JC Market. The bank is quite a landmark just south of the store between 1st and 2nd Streets.
Martin says the city has entered into serious negotiations for the bank owners, the bank sitting vacant since 2010. Martin says the negotiations are ongoing.
Again, the primary impetus is to get the police department out of the tsunami zone should the Cascadia Subduction Zone pop-off an earthquake and send a tidal wave up river. If the police department moves into a renovated and strengthened bank building, situated well above sea level, it could better maintain it’s emergency response capabilities. It would also be much better positioned to coordinate emergency operations with the Toledo Fire Department. Chief Enyeart says the bank building will need some re-fortifying to make it earthquake resistant which, of course, would add to the cost of the building. Chief Enyeart says it could very well take a couple of years of modifications and customization to the building before they could move into that location.
City officials say negotiations with Columbia Bank’s headquarters are ongoing with both sides motivated for a change of ownership of the bank.