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Civic Center Master Plan

Published on: 5/5/2016 12:55 PM
County Staff, in coordination with the Office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez, recently hosted a public outreach meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the County's Board Chambers, in order to update the community about on-going and upcoming actions related to the master planning of the County's Civic Center. A copy of the presentation is available here.
The following items are to be discussed by the Board of Supervisors on May 10th and 24th, 2016:
  • On May 10, 2016, there will be a public hearing for a County Ordinance to allow the County to enter into an agreement (Master Development Agreement, or "MDA") with a private developer (Lowe Enterprises). Public comment will be taken at the May 10th meeting when the Board will discuss the Master Development Agreement and other matters related to the Civic Center Board. Board action and a vote on this item is expected to be continued to the May 24, 2016 Board meeting. A copy of the Public Hearing notice is available here. Additional documents are available on the Download Files page under the "Master Development Agreement."
  • Also, on May 24, 2016, the Administration is bringing forward a service agreement with David J. Powers and Associates, an environmental consultant, who would work under County direction to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on a parallel track coinciding with Lowe's and the County's preparation of the Master Plan for the County's Civic Center.
Other updates include the following:
  • In early April, the Board of Supervisors approved a 30-day extension of the Predevelopment Facilities Agreement, an exclusive negotiating agreement with Lowe Enterprises, to allow adequate time to meet public noticing requirements and to allow for public review of the proposed MDA document.
  • The County is currently working with Anderson Brule Architects, a locally-based architecture and planning firm, to assist with the programming of a Law and Justice Center, the anticipated first phase of the Civic Center Master Plan project.
  • The Administration executed a service agreement with Bay Area Urban Economics to serve as a third-party peer reviewer of the business terms of the proposed MDA with Lowe Enterprises.
Previously, the Board of Supervisors adopted the following the recommendations to help guide negotiations of the MDA with Lowe Enterprises:
  • Planning for a total public space need on the Civic Center Campus of approximately 1.15 million square feet constituting approximately 23 acres of public uses, leaving an estimated 17 acres of land for possible revenue-generating purposes (on land that the County would continue to own). 
  • Planning for the demolition of the West Wing and Connector and relocation of its occupants, the Office of the District Attorney, along with other law and justice administrative uses, to new buildings on the Richey site, the former Army Reserve located at the corner of San Pedro Street and Hedding Street.
  • Planning for potential relocation of the remainder of the County administrative uses (not including the Main Jail or the Courts) to the area north of Hedding Street, leaving a single block south of Hedding for revenue-generating purposes (on land that the County would continue to own).
  • Further exploration for either redevelopment/modernization or replacement of the East Wing, for continued public use or private use (depending on the adopted Campus site plan scenario).
  • Relocation of the Sheriff Department’s Emergency Vehicles Operations Center from the Richey site.
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