Grass Valley DMV facility upgrade in low gear |

Grass Valley DMV facility upgrade in low gear

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

State officials are warming up their engines on a $7.8 million plan to renovate and add to Grass Valley's Department of Motor Vehicles facility.

With the project's environmental review period ending in September 2012, DMV officials garnered state Department of Finance approval in January to proceed to construction, said Jan Mendoza, a DMV spokeswoman.

Built in 1971, the existing DMV facility is undersized and noncompliant with current California Building Codes, according to its initial project description. The DMV's nearly 1.5-acre current site on Sutton Way off Brunswick Road is shared with the local California Highway Patrol's field office, which occupies 5,000 square feet on the east side of the building, according to the project's initial description.

The local DMV currently takes up 1,862 gross square feet on the western portion of state-owned building.

With a $14 million headquarters of its own nearing completion off McCourtney Road near the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the CHP plans to move into a new 16,800-square-foot facility by this spring.

With CHP vacated, the DMV plans call for a building with approximately 7,600 gross square feet of office space on the same site.

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No demolition to the existing building will occur until the new facility on the back half of the lot is complete and staff is moved over, according to the DMV.

Some of the site improvements to the grounds include the addition of approximately 50 parking spaces, a motorcycle drive test area, updated aesthetics and site lighting.

As architects finalize their drafts, DMV representatives expect to meet with Nevada County environmental officials in the next couple of weeks to flesh out plans to remove an underground storage tank that was installed in 2000, Mendoza said.

"The City of Grass Valley has been engaged with the project and will undoubtedly continue to be involved once construction begins," Mendoza said.

Although an outline of when bidding will begin and when shovels will hit the ground has yet to be determined, the DMV is aiming for a Sept. 2015 completion.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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