Supervisors to Discuss Civic Center Overhaul

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday is set to discuss a 20-year master plan to renovate and redesign the Civic Center in downtown Santa Ana, home to 22 county-owned and leased buildings.

The plan addresses the future of the county’s property holdings in and around the Civic Center and aims to redesign the center to improve access to services for the public and reduce long-term maintenance costs for the county.

The 10 buildings in the Civic Center owned by the county are, on average, 47 years old, and cost $25.8 million to operate in 2016. Over 20 years, it has cost $512 million to operate, according to a staff presentation.

Under the current concept, the Civic Center would be divided into four “neighborhoods,” including: public safety, judicial, administration and public health.

The plan would include four phases as part of a contract with Irvine-based Griffin Structures to develop the properties before leasing it back to the county to own. According to the staff presentation, the county would pay no rent until departments begin occupying the buildings.

So far the discussion has not included plans for the large homeless population that lives in and around the Civic Center.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.

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