Summit County Receives Grant for District Attorney and Probation Facility

February 11, 2015

?Norris Design has been working with Summit County on the landscape design for the new District Attorney and Probation Facility. The project was fast-tracked to get construction going prior to the winter months, and our team worked quickly to ensure that the design drawings were ready when needed. Landscape design elements include clear entry zones for each department, outdoor spaces for employees that take advantage of views and sunlight, bicycle parking and pedestrian circulation improvements.

From Summit County Colorado,

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded Summit County $600,000 to support the renovation of the former Summit County South Branch Library to house District Attorney and Probation Offices

Scott Vargo, Assistant County Manager

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County has received a $600,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program to support the design and construction of new offices for the Fifth Judicial District Attorney and Summit County Probation.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Department of Local Affairs for this generous award,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “These new offices represent a much-needed expansion of our facilities at the Summit County Justice Center complex, and the grant covers a significant portion of the project cost.”

The new offices are now under construction at the former site of the Summit County South Branch Library, which moved into its new facility on Harris Street in Breckenridge in January. The former library building, located adjacent to the Summit County Justice Center, is being renovated and expanded from 3,500 square feet to 8,400 square feet. Without the state grant, Summit County would not have been able to undertake the full expansion.

The project will allow the Fifth Judicial District Attorney to return to the Justice Center complex from its current location, about 2.5 miles away. The existing office location impacts staff efficiency and lacks appropriate security and adequate space for District Attorney staff, which is experiencing considerable increases in its caseload. The new facility will feature security cameras and monitoring provided by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, located in the Summit County Justice Center.

In addition, the project addresses the need for expanded space by Summit County Probation, which has also seen significant caseload increases in recent years. The space vacated by Summit County Probation will be used to accommodate growth in the Sheriff’s Office and County and District Courts over the next 10 to 15 years.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $2.5 million. The renovation and expansion are scheduled to be complete by July 1.

The Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally owned land. The program was created by the legislature in 1977.