The future $12 million Carson City Sheriff's Department Administration Building provides room for victims to privately report crimes to deputies, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said.
"This is really good for the community," he said. "The facility we are currently in doesn't meet the needs of a public safety complex. It's time that we recognize victims and their circumstances and afford them privacy in a building that's there for them."
The plans, drawn by Ganther Melby LLC of Reno, for the 40,388-square-foot building were submitted to the city planning department this week.
The building will house civil, records and patrol sections on its east side.
A community meeting room, gym, male/female lockers and the evidence room will be on the west side.
The front entrance and public lobby will face East Musser Street. The mechanical unit will be on its roof.
"This will give Carson City a better place to run law enforcement out of," Furlong said.
He said the current sheriff's building is about 30,000 square feet, but about 60 percent of it is the old jail, which is unusable.
The building will be constructed using the same brick-and-sandstone surfaces on the courthouse next door.
Construction will take up to a year once it starts in 2006.
It should be completed by April 2007.
Once the new building is finished, the old 901 E. Musser St. building will be demolished.
Finance Director Tom Minton said the city's parks bonds will be paid off in 2006 and the fire department bonds in 2007, so those tax revenues can be rolled into the sheriff's building.
The city also plans to buy an adjacent parcel for additional parking.
The project must still go to public hearing to obtain a special-use permit.
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