The California Highway Patrol Grass Valley office has approval for the construction of new offices. After 10 years of stops and starts, Lt David Qualls says the Nevada County Planning Commission approved the plan for construction of the 16,800 square-foot-office facility at 11363 McCourtney Road near the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Qualls says the project has an estimated cost of $6.5 million paid for by Capital Avenue development and investments and built by DPR Construction both of Sacramento, and leased back under a 20 year lease agreement.
“So we just got approval and we’re waiting for feedback from anyone that’s concerned with the building or what’s going to go on over there. It’s on the corner of Auburn & McCourtney, just a little shy of five acres. It’s going to be a big new building and the state leases it back.”
CHP’s revenue comes from motor vehicle registration fees. Qualls thinks the project could be completed in less than the estimated 18 months. The current CHP office on Sutton Way and Brunswick Road has been in use since 1970 and is very outdated. He explains the upgrades to the new facility.
“It has an interview room with audio/visual and a one way mirror, covered parking for the patrol cars, a fueling station, similar to what they have but covered, automotive bays to do repair work. The new facility will have female restrooms, showers, a locker room and lactation room.”
Female officers currently use portable facilities. A ground breaking ceremony is expected in late spring of 2012.