Proposed $14.5M resiliency center leaves some Gearhart residents opposed

  • Source: KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland
  • Published: 05/13/2022 12:00 AM

The City of Gearhart is proposing a multi-million dollar emergency resiliency center to replace their current firehouse, but not all residents are for it. The proposed $14.5 million center would house the fire and police departments and be able to withstand tsunamis, but some residents say between inflation costs and the location, they’re not ready to front the bill. The quiet coastal community of Gearhart says it’s time to bring their emergency response into the 21st century. “Our city has been on a long journey to find the right location for our fire station,” said Paulina Cockrum, Mayor of Gearhart. “It’s been long-known that our cinder block building downtown was built in 1958. It’s inadequate for today’s needs.” The current firehouse, located in the heart of the city, was originally built for minimal emergency calls.


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