San Juan County staff look to plan new building to centralize departments

San Juan County staff look to plan new building to centralize departments

Editor’s note: Updates to this article were made to clearly show that the project has not been finalized.

San Juan County staff is looking to relocate eight county departments into one new building near the courthouse to create, what staff call, a “civic campus.”

The county departments that could potentially be slated to be moved are located in different buildings. For instance, the public works department is housed on Spring Street and health and community services is located off Rhone Street.

According to staff, relocating services will provide a centralized location for residents looking for departments, reduce the operating costs of several, older buildings and include a community space for public events.

The following departments are potentially slated to be relocated: community development; health and community services; county council; public works, except maintenance and fleet; the assessor’s, auditor’s and treasurer’s offices; and administration, including the county manager and information services.

When asked if the construction of the new building is likely to require a tax to generate revenue, staff answered that a funding source has not been discussed yet. The county council has to approve plans, as well as a funding source, and that process would include a public hearing.

A survey of the initial plans is closed but watch for an additional survey this summer. Learn more at www.sanjuanco.com/1389/Civic-Campus-Plan-FAQ.