How was the Center Street N.E. site selected?
KMD Architects recommended two state psychiatric facilities, one located in the northern Willamette Valley and one located in Western Oregon south of Linn County. The Governor and legislative leaders subsequently named a committee to identify the desired siting criteria for new state-operated psychiatric facilities. The committee, composed predominantly of legislators, identified more than 30 siting criteria such as size, cost, zoning, topography, employee availability, proximity to patient’s families and access to public services (e.g., mental health treatment partners, library, fire, and police). The state conducted a public solicitation of properties whose owners or agents were willing to have them considered. Both privately and publicly owned parcels were offered. Six surrounding neighborhood. This phase is expected to last about two months. The report of siting recommendations can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/HRP/docs/site-report-main.pdf on the DHS Web site. A separate