The Pierce County Council has authorized the issuance of bonds to generate $65 million for the construction of the new regional 911 communications center in Tacoma, which will serve communities and first responders countywide.

The new South Sound 911 Public Safety Communications Center will be located at 3580 Pacific Ave. Ordinance 2019-46, which authorizes the bond issuance, passed with a 5-to-0 council vote.

“The development and construction of the new Public Safety Communications Center was approved by voters in 2011 and I am thrilled that all partners are delivering on that call to action. Our focus must always be the safety of the public. This facility will ensure access to state-of-the-art communications services,” stated Council Chair Doug Richardson.

The Public Safety Communications Center project also includes capital improvements to upgrade the existing South 35th Street Communications Center to make it a back-up facility to the new Public Safety Communications Center building.