The community celebrated the expansion of County Juvenile Hall in October 2016, after the project was completed on time and under budget.
Located off of Kansas Avenue near Highway 1 just north of San Luis Obispo, County Juvenile Hall now has an additional 23,400 square feet, which includes brand new classrooms, housing facilities, and offices. The new facility also has more indoor and outdoor recreational areas, improved safety and security measures, and retrofitted or otherwise improved energy efficiency throughout the complex.
The multi-year expansion project started in 2008 and came in under budget by $600,000 at a total cost of about $19.2 million. The project was primarily funded through the State via SB-81 funds, with remaining costs funded by the County and classroom equipment funded by the County Office of Education.
This project was a collaborative effort between County and State departments and other local organizations. Representatives from the County Probation Department, County Administrative Office, County Public Works Department, and County Counsel oversaw the project via a steering committee. The County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector was involved at various stages of the project, including securing the State Bond financing.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, have been involved throughout the permitting process.
Several California State agencies were also involved in the SB-81 funding approval processes including the Board of State and Community Corrections, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Department of Finance, the Pooled Money Investment Board, Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the California State Department of Public Works.
“Having this new Juvenile Hall is like having a new home – we’re very proud of it. It’s a great place and we all worked very hard to make this happen,” said County Chief Probation Officer James Salio at the grand opening. “This is a testament to how well we all work together here in the County of San Luis Obispo.”