New Grass Valley DMV office nearing completion
The new Grass Valley DMV office has a tentative opening date of November or December, officials said.
The state Department of General Services should receive the final construction schedule for the building within weeks. That schedule will provide officials with a clearer idea of construction times as well as when the new facility could open, said Jessica Gonzalez, spokeswoman with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Gonzalez said it’s likely another three months until the facility opens, once the final construction schedule is received.
The new building costs around $6 million. The money came from the motor vehicle account, which is funded by registration and driver’s license fees, Gonzalez said.
The facility, at 890 Sutton Way, has been under construction since August 2015. Heavy winter rains, which spurred additional engineering and evaluation, delayed the construction schedule by over two months.
A temporary DMV office, on the other side of Brunswick Road at 435 Sutton Way, remains open.
“It has been much better for both customers and employees,” Gonzalez said in an email. “The temporary facility has much more lobby room and it’s not so congested. However, staff are looking forward to moving into a new state-of-the-art facility.”
The old office, demolished to make space for the new building, didn’t have the space to serve the community. It shared space with the California Highway Patrol, which has since relocated to McCourtney Road.
“It is significantly undersized, with insufficient lobby space,” Gonzalez said of the old facility. “This office also lacks the California Building Code requirements and has a non-compliant infrastructure.”
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