Construction on downtown Spokane police precinct ahead of schedule

The former Umpqua Bank building will be the new downtown Spokane Police precinct
The former Umpqua Bank building will be the new downtown Spokane Police precinct. Copyright 4 News Now

SPOKANE, Wash. — Construction on the new downtown Spokane police precinct is ahead of schedule.

Two months ago, the city reached an agreement to rent and renovate the old Umpqua Bank near Riverside and Wall.

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With the help of  Flywheel Construction, construction on the precinct has reached the halfway point.

“As our downtown starts opening back up again, I think it’s going to be extremely important that people feel safe, health-wise and also, safety-wise,” said Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward in a release.

The city’s initial goal is to make police more visible downtown. The precinct will accommodate up to 25 law enforcement officers. Additionally, voters recently approved hiring seven more police officers to work the downtown precinct.

Currently, downtown officers utilize an old Greyhound ticket counter at the Intermodal Police Precinct.

The project is expected to be complete in mid-July.

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