SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's mayor has halted plans for a $149 million new police facility in the northern part of the city.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a news release Thursday that officials will conduct further review of the precinct plans, including overall cost, before moving forward.

Shelving the project comes amid criticism over the hefty price tag and after last month's resolution passed by the city council calling for additional project analysis.

Murray says the city remains committed to replacing the current building, which was built in 1984.

City officials say they will explore establishing an expert review panel that would oversee project costs and possibly contract with a project manager experienced in complex public safety facilities.