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Civic Center Master Plan

Published on: 5/14/2015 4:21 PM
The Master Planning  of the County's Civic Center has reached an important milestone - County Staff is presenting a recommendation on what services to consolidate on the Civic Center site and where. This recommendation will be heard at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting next Tuesday morning, May 19 in the Board Chambers at 70 West Hedding.
The public is encouraged to attend this meeting, hear the presentation and to make comments on this topic.
Please note that the purpose of this meeting is to seek guidance from the Board of Supervisors for the purpose of drafting a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with Lowe Enterprises. Part of the purpose of the MDA is to develop a master plan which will include, among other activities, extensive public outreach and input.
In brief, the recommendations from County administration, which will help guide negotiations with Lowe Enterprises, include the following:
  • 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). 
  • The demolition of the West Wing and Connector and the relocation of 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 base located at the corner of San Pedro Street and Hedding Street.
  • The remainder of the county administrative uses (not including the Main Jail or the Courts) could be relocated 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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