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Juvenile hall construction on schedule

Gregory Crofton

The construction of a 40-bed juvenile hall at South Lake Tahoe is on schedule with more than $700,000 of county money paid to project architects.

County officials estimate the facility will cost between $8 and $9 million. Construction is expected to begin after environmental analysts decide which of two plots of land is best suited for the building. That decision is expected to be made in four to five months, said Tim McSorley, facilities manager for El Dorado County.

One of the parcels under consideration is a 4-acre piece of land, owned by Lake Tahoe Unified School District, next to the jail. The county has been in negotiations with the school district since June to lease or buy the land. The other possible construction site is a 2.2-acre plot of land at the corner of Al Tahoe and Johnson boulevards.

“We’re right on schedule,” said El Dorado County Supervisor David Solaro. “We have all the money set aside and we’ve hired an architectural firm and we’re moving forward with that.”

A juvenile hall at South Shore became realistic in May when the California Board of Corrections gave the county $4 million grant to build a juvenile facility. The county has about $4.3 million in an account waiting to be spent on the project, Solaro said. In addition, more than $480,000 of tobacco settlement funds is earmarked to fund medical facilities in the hall.

The grant requires a juvenile hall to be occupied no later than September 2005. Gregory Sly, deputy chief probation officer at South Lake Tahoe, said he expects the building will be finished spring 2004.

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