County embarks on new ‘campus’ project

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Supervisors also hear grants accepted from Chukchansi Tribe and ponder whether to seek further oversight of treasurer's office

During a busy session of the Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, the board unanimously agreed to contract with a Sacramento-based builder to tear down old structures and renovate land on county property in preparation for ambitious expansion plans.

The 100 acres of property at Road 28 and Avenue 14 1/2 currently houses several county facilities including the jail, health department, social services department and animal services, among others.

Those buildings take up 45 acres and an unnamed local farmer leases the additional 55 for grape vineyards.

In order to accommodate future tentative plans, including jail and juvenile hall expansions, a brand new animal shelter, a new social services building and other ideas being discussed, the board agreed to hire Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects — the company responsible for building the county’s current administrative offices in 2007 — to begin “master planning” the land...

 

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