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Juvenile hall site undetermined

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

Construction of a 40-bed, $8.1 million juvenile hall in South Lake Tahoe should begin by next year.

Still undecided is where the facility — which would house all levels of juvenile offenders — will be built, officials said.

With two sites in mind, El Dorado County is working out the details on environmental-related data the state requires before it builds the facility.

The two sites include a 2.2-acre parcel at the corner of Al Tahoe and Johnson boulevards and a 4-acre plot of land next to the jail and behind the South Tahoe Middle School.

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The site next to the jail is owned by Lake Tahoe Unified School District and is considered the preferred site among county officials. Negotiations on the sale of the land to the county, however, are on hold until environmental studies are finished.

“We’re about 50 percent complete on design and construction (studies) and hope to have the environmental process finished by October,” said Craven Alcott, interim director of El Dorado County Department of General Services.

“When that’s finished, we will make a decision based on what the studies say is more environmentally (conducive) to the area.” Alcott said.

The county hopes to have environmental studies, including a California Environmental Quality Assessment finished by the end of October. From there, a decision will be made on which site is considered more environmentally suitable based on the studies.

Bids will be taken on construction of the facility, projected to cost around $8 million. The hope is to have the facility opened by September 2004.

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