Plan for new County Administration building in the works; options still unclear

The old county jail, as seen here from the south east corner. (KEVIN MURRAY / Courtesy)
The old county jail, as seen here from the south east corner. (KEVIN MURRAY / Courtesy)
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Downtown Martinez will be in for a major overhaul in the near future, says Supervisor Federal Glover. “The County is looking to replace our administration building and we prefer to remain in the downtown area.”

The process began with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architects, engineers and other professionals to help County staff evaluate alternatives for a new administration building to replace the one at 651 Pine St.

County staff is planning to bring contracts to the Board of Supervisors “very soon,” according to an Aug. 9 press release.

Once the appropriate professionals are under contract, County staff will begin to evaluate sites in the downtown for possible replacement of 651 Pine St. Part of that planning process will include analysis of the old jail complex for potential adaptive reuse and will include opportunities for stakeholder input.

“The County values historic resources and we have shown a commitment to preserve structures when feasible,” said Glover, including the rebuilding of the Veterans Memorial Hall as part of building the District Attorney’s office and the $20 million rehabilitation of the County Finance building next to the jail complex.

Results of the analysis will be presented to the Board of Supervisors, along with the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was prepared earlier this year.

Certification of the EIR is necessary to support any of the options for the jail complex from reuse to partial demolition of the newer addition to full demolition. Considerations of the EIR and options for the jail complex are expected to reach the Board later this year.

Chief Assistant County Administrator Eric Angstadt is coordinating the process for the update of the Capital Facilities Plan and the new Administration Building project. Questions about the process or timing should be directed to him at (925) 335-1085.

“I’ve been getting input from Martinez officials and interested citizens,” said Glover, who’s 5th District includes Martinez, the county seat. “At this point, we are open to almost anything. The County expects to hear from residents and other stakeholders – including residents, the City and the Courts – throughout this planning process.”

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