Grass Valley Highway Patrol to move into new offices soon |

Grass Valley Highway Patrol to move into new offices soon

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

Photo for The Union by John Hart DPR Construction of Sacramento, building the new CHP building, McCourtney Road, across from the Fairgrounds, as the building should be complete April 1, 2013, and between 35-45 people worked on the project each day. A welder welding at metal campy near the entrance of the building, Thursday morning.

After a series of minor delays, employees who work at the Grass Valley headquarters of the California Highway Patrol are prepared to move into the new facility on McCourtney Road April 12.

"People are definitely excited," said CHP Officer Justin Barnthouse. "It's something new, different and definitely bigger."

CHP's $14 million, 16,800-square-foot facility includes a vehicle service facility, storage building for additional records, radio equipment and an emergency generator, covered parking facility with a fuel island and a 120-foot tall communication tower, according to planning documents.

The current 5,000-square-foot CHP office located near the intersection of Sutton Way and Brunswick Road was built in 1971 and is shared with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which plans to build a new $7.8 million building of its own that will be three times larger than the original on the same site.

"It's about having enough storage," Barnthouse said. "We need a place to store our evidence, vehicle supplies and files that we keep on hand."

While the main building will house most of the CHP's operations, such as its public lobby, weapons storage and its automotive bay, a secondary facility is also taking shape where secured storage, bulk evidence and gun cleaning will take place.

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CHP will occupy the facility using a lease-to-own option at a rate of $95,075.66 per month.

The building was constructed by DPR Construction out of Sacramento.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or 530-477-4239.

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