$16.7 million juvenile hall expansion is approved by supervisors

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $16.7 million expansion of the county’s juvenile hall.

The project will allow the facility to expand the amount and quality of its services, as identified in a 2007 needs assessment. The construction contract was awarded to Diani Building Corp. of Santa Maria.

“The current juvenile hall building has inadequate space which lack classrooms, counseling areas, recreational areas and beds,” said James Salio, chief probation officer. “The proposed project corrects many of the major facilities deficiencies and enables better care for detained minors.”

Supervisors approved the expansion in a 5-0 vote. Construction is scheduled to begin in November.

The cost of the project exceeded the original engineer’s estimate by 21 percent for a variety of reasons. This required the allocation of $2.9 million in additional funding.

These funds will come from deferring several capital improvement and maintenance projects and a building replacement fund. Juvenile hall is located on Kansas Avenue near the county operations center.