LONG BEACH - A new 26,000 square-foot county building on Sandridge Road that will house South District Court, the sheriff's office, health department, assessor's and treasurer's offices and include everything from vegetation management to a holding cell for prisoners going to trial was approved to go out for bid last week, according to County Commissioner Jon Kaino.
"The goal is to complete the building by the end of 2008 and at a cost of around $5 million," Kaino said. Public Works Department Manager Don Larson will add the logistics of the building project to his already full plate of things to get done in the county. The shell portion of the new building will be the next phase of the project and the first to receive bids.
"The initial step is already in progress," Kaino explained. "Sandridge Road is being widened and turn lanes are being created to make the county building more safely accessible." The present county building and site will continue to house the public works department for the near future.
"Eventually, the plan is to have the public works department at the Sandridge Road site, as well. We are waiting on funding for that move," Kaino said.
Currently, the South District Court proceedings are being held at the meeting room of Long Beach City Hall. The new building will house motor vehicle licensing, emergency management, juvenile court and voter registration to name a few services the county already provides.