Summit County looks to sell former district attorney’s office
Renovations to the former South Branch Library, which will house the new Fifth Judicial District Attorney and Summit County Probation offices, are nearly complete. With just a few small tweaks to the interior left, and landscaping on the exterior, Summit County spokeswoman Julie Sutor said she expected the new tenants to be able to move in July.
“The interior and exterior work are substantially complete. Right now, they’re just working on security and IT infrastructure,” Sutor said. “Then there’s the remaining concrete work, paving and landscaping work that’s been delayed. They expect to have most things wrapped up by the end of this month.”
The expanded building is a substantial upgrade from the former district attorney’s office, located on Airport Road. The repurposed building stands at 8,400 square feet, more than three times the size of the old office. The extra space will be useful in providing storage room for an expanding caseload, accomodating storage requirements for records.
“It will provide some room to grow and some on-site storage they don’t currently have,” said assistant county manager Scott Vargo. “Probation has historically been in what was intended as a basement storage space in the Justice Center. We moved them temporarily up into the Justice Center, but the courts are going to need the space back … It will be legitimate office space instead of just the makeshift space they’ve been dealing with.”
The main advantage to the new building is its location, just across from the Summit County Justice Center. With the former office located more than two miles away, Vargo expects the move will save the district attorney and probation offices time and resources in the long run.
Construction to the site started after the South Branch Library was moved to its current location on Harris Street in Breckenridge. The full cost of work on the new building is $2.5 million, including renovations, and an expansion that doubled the size of a building with a new basement.
Thanks to a $600,000 grant awarded to Summit from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program in February, the county was able to take on the expansion using its capital expenditures fund. Vargo hopes to put the old building up for sale once construction is complete.
“We’re gonna open up the listing the first week of June. We’re hoping to get through that sale process as fast as we can,” Vargo said. “We think that it would be some sort of small office type of operation, but the space is pretty flexible. We’re not sure what it’ll be exactly.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony in early July will mark the completion of the project, after the district attorney and probation have been given time to settle into their new offices.
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