Plans for an $83 million public safety complex at the Marin Civic Center moved ahead Tuesday as county supervisors asked firms willing to design, develop and help finance the facility to step forward.
Although a staff report asserted the county has not yet "chosen a specific site location" for the complex, attention is focused on a dog park across from the Civic Center.
Supervisor Steve Kinsey said the county's call for development proposals was a "really significant step in the most significant capital budget the board will do this decade."
Supervisor Hal Brown added, however, that "there's a lot of steps to be taken before we tell someone to start hammering out there."
Officials contend a facility that meets safety standards is crucial to accommodate continuing operations during emergencies, including an earthquake.
The dog park site is the county's "preferred alternative," although other areas, including the "Christmas tree" lot site at the Civic Center and "The Pit" parking lot farther south, as well as sites away from the Civic Center, will be studied, according to David Speer, facilities planning manager at the Civic Center.
"We haven't solidified the site yet," said Supervisor Susan Adams. "You're going to be seriously looking at some off-campus sites," Supervisor Judy Arnold told Speer.
"It's going to be a challenging project, whichever site is chosen," Kinsey said.
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