MARTINEZ, Calif. – City Council heard a status report Wednesday night on the proposed new County Administration Building. The presentation was delivered by Chief Assistant County Administrator Eric Angstadt, who outlined the project location, design details, and plans for an accompanying parking structure.
He told the council Site A, located immediately north of the existing Administration Building tower, was selected by the County Feb. 7 as the preferred project site. The site is comprised of two parcels on the east and west sides of Pine Street between Escobar Street and Marina Vista Avenue. That section of Pine Street would become part of the building site, merging the parcels to about 55,000 square feet. A new one-block “replacement street” connecting Marina Vista and Escobar would be created on County-owned property about 200 feet to the east, opposite the parking lots behind 651 Pine St.
All told, the new Administration Building itself would be a low-slung 82,000 square foot building, a memorandum by the City’s Special Advisor, Barry Miller, stated. The building would maintain a lower profile, about 2.5 stories on the Escobar side, and about a four-story profile on the Marina Vista side. The main facade and entry would be squarely oriented to Pine Street. The conceptual design also includes a curved facade along Escobar, which would create a public plaza at the southwest corner of the site. The building would be modern, but with design elements that complement the historic buildings nearby.
The conceptual site plan presumes demolition of the jail annex, to be replaced by a civic plaza or park.
Also included in the plan is a two-story, 300-car parking structure to be built on the site of the existing lots east of 651 Pine St. Ingress and egress to the structure would be on Main and Escobar streets.
The County intends to move forward with design development in the coming months, which will include more architectural and landscape details. The County will also continue to work with the City of Martinez on plans to “relocate” Pine Street to the east, the memorandum stated. The timeline calls for construction documents to be prepared in the second half of 2017, with construction in 2018 and 2019, and occupancy expected by early 2020.
Demolition of 651 Pine would follow occupancy of the new building, the memorandum stated.