City to select an architect, sheriff’s station set to open in 2020

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station can be reached by calling 661-260-4000.

While city of Santa Clarita continues to work toward building the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the building will not likely be ready for deputies to move into until fall of 2020.

Set to be housed on Golden Valley Road just south of Center Point Parkway, city officials said the building will have an architect contracted to design it by October of this year.

“Right now, we are in the process of collecting three proposals from architectural firms for the design,” Damon Letz, Division Manager of Capital Improvements and Parks Planning for the city said.

A 600-page environmental studies document is also in the process of wrapping up, the city said. Mandated under the California Environmental Quality Act, several studies are conducted in order to verify there are no concerns with the project.

“We are required to do studies to investigate any potential environmental impacts the project may have,” Bill Read, Assistant Building Official for the city said.

As the study is now completed, it is available for public comment. Read does not anticipate any problems or see any concerns regarding the environmental impact of the project.

“At this point, there were no significant items that were identified,” Read said.

The city council will look at the report at their meeting on Aug. 22.

Read estimates the architectural design will be completed in 2018 and the bid for construction will be done soon after.

Construction will start in 2019 and city officials hope to have the station completed in September or October of 2020.

“That may change somewhat as we move forward,” Read said.

The project is a joint effort between the city, who is the lead agency and will own the building, and the county, who will operate the facility once it is open.

“We have been working closely with the city and county in designing the new sheriff’s station so it will fit the needs of the residents we serve,” Captain Robert Lewis said. “I am excited about having a new station and look forward to the groundbreaking and grand opening in a few years.”

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