February 10, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--A new Sheriff’s Station opened Monday on Campo Road in Rancho San Diego, near the intersection of Highways 54 and 94.
The new station will serve the communities of Rancho San Diego, Spring Valley, La Presa, Jamul, Casa de Oro, Mt. Helix, and the unincorporated portions of La Mesa and El Cajon.
The Lemon Grove station will become a substation will be retained, but it will have a smaller staff contracted to serve the city of Lemon Grove, since the new substation will serve communities formerly under the Lemon Grove substation’s jurisdiction.
The new facility opens with 90 to 100 staff who are moving from the Lemon Grove substation.
Sheriff Bill Gore says the department looked at more than 12 sites before choosing this location. “It’s long overdue, but when we’re done here it’s going to be really, truly a state of the art facility,” he said during a prior groundbreaking ceremony.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob said, “To the community it means faster response times to emergencies…I have to tell you, I’m thrilled.”
Jacob initiated the board action for the facility, which originally was proposed as a substation. Though she quipped, “There may be a few criminal wrongdoers who won’t be quite so thrilled.”
The new site has a more convenient and strategic location, according to the Sheriff’s office. It will include 27,000 square feet for the Substation on a five acre lot and will include patrol operations, investigations, office space and support facilities.
The new substation is also green, featuring recycled building materials, natural lighting during the daytime, energy efficient systems, low water use landscaping with drought tolerant and indigenous plants, as well as bio-swales for storm water management.
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The total project budget, including land acquisition, planning, design and construction, is $17.5 million.