(Victor Valley)-– The Board of Supervisors today approved several contracts that will result in the addition of 1,300 beds to the county’s Adelanto Detention Center.
“This project will benefit the High Desert in many ways,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “The county will have space to house more dangerous criminal suspects, keeping them out of our neighborhoods. Local police officers will have fewer miles to travel following arrests, making them more available to our communities. Also, this project will create 200 badly needed construction jobs.”
The project is an expansion of the 740-bed Adelanto Detention Center, a former private prison the county purchased in 2006.
The county will incur no debt for this project. Almost 69 percent of the $120 million expansion will be funded by a grant from the state. The county will fund the balance with money the Board of Supervisors has been setting aside in recent years for various building projects.
The scheduled completion date for the project is early summer of 2013. Once complete, the project will require an additional 200 permanent staff members to operate, creating more high-paying jobs in the High Desert.
The board awarded a $90,951,937 construction contract to Lydig Construction Inc., a $413,875 agreement to C.H.J. Incorporated of Colton to provide inspection and testing during construction, and a $227,985 contract with Labor Compliance Providers, Inc. of Riverside to provide labor compliance services.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to attend the groundbreaking for the expansion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 15. Sheriff Rod Hoops, Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Ovitt and Supervisor Mitzelfelt will speak at the event.
The Adelanto Detention Center is located at 9438 Commerce Way, Adelanto.