During the 2006 Board
planning session, the need to improve and expand facilities
for the Public Safety agencies was identified as a
priority. Funds were appropriated in the FY07 budget for a
space needs assessment and to assess the suitability of
sites adjacent to the current public safety facilities.
The consulting firm of Teng
& Associates was engaged to work with the Sheriffs Office,
the Joint Communications Center, the Fire and Rescue
Department, and the Magistrate to determine space needs
sufficient to meet anticipated needs for the next 15 years.
The consultants met with key staff from each of these
agencies to determine future space needs and to determine
internal relationships in order to develop an efficient and
functional plan. The consultants also assessed the
feasibility of locating the new facility at the current
site, 78 Lee Street, as well as a plan to utilize County
property located at 24 Pelham Street. Three conceptual
options for each site have been identified that accommodate
the office and parking needs of the Public Safety program.
The existing building at 78 Lee Street was also surveyed to
determine the potential to rehabilitate this structure and
to incorporate it in a final plan.
The consultants will present
the results of the work accomplished to date, which
recommends new facilities totaling approximately 69,000
square feet and additional parking to support this program.
The plan is expected to meet the County’s Public Safety
facility needs through the year 2021.