Though the current thing has a bad case of mission creep and bigger-is-betterist inflation, there's actually a broad consensus on a centrist concept!
Back in November 2011, staff recommended a 75,000 square foot facility and one of the options was on the O'Brien parcel - which in the most recent round of evaluation scored the highest by a large margin. This has been a strong contender and constant from the start.
There might be quibbles or even real negotiation on some of the details, but in broad outline this looks a lot like the proposal currently advanced by SCV.
As the City's succumbed to bigger-is-betterism, the City has completely failed to make the case that the larger 150,000 square foot facility, doubling the size of the original concept, is necessary.
According to DLR, a right-sized and properly designed police facility and emergency communications center for Salem should be about 148,000 square feet in size to function best in keeping Salem safe. A facility of this size would place Salem within the generally accepted range and at the mid-range of peer communities in the northwest. Critical functions located in off-site leased spaces could return to a centralized facility with some room to grow with the community for the next 30 to 40 years.The argument boils down to simple fiat - "because the experts said so." It's an argument from authority only, and a little patronizing. Citizens deserve a more thorough argument, and since the City has not been able to provide one for many months, maybe there isn't one.
At this point, it should not be difficult.
The City should revert to the original concept from 2011, updating and adjusting it as necessary, making sure the Library is included.
This is the center on which everybody agrees and it's the right thing to do. It's no longer complicated. It's a no-brainer. Put this thing to bed so we can turn our attention to other important matters!