Fresno County supervisors authorize negotiations on new sheriff’s substation site

The Fancher Creek Business Park may be the future site of a Fresno County Sheriff’s substation.
The Fancher Creek Business Park may be the future site of a Fresno County Sheriff’s substation. mbenjamin@fresnobee.com

A new sheriff’s substation in southeast Fresno may be getting closer to reality.

Fresno County supervisors directed county staff Tuesday to begin negotiating to purchase land in southeast Fresno for the substation.

The county is now on a month-to-month lease for the existing substation on Shields Avenue east of Clovis Avenue.

The new substation site would be owned by the county in the Fancher Creek Business Park on the northwest corner of Belmont and Armstrong avenues. The county is eyeing a site covering eight or nine acres, Sheriff Margaret Mims said.

The site was preferred by sheriff’s officials, she said. It has quick access to Highway 180 to serve southeast Fresno and Valley portions of eastern Fresno County.

The proposed site is about two miles southeast of the existing site.

A new main building will cover 19,000 square feet, more than double the existing substation. It may also become the home for vehicle servicing, parking sheriff’s equipment and evidence storage, Mims said.

Sheriff’s officials have visited other counties and cities to examine new law enforcement buildings.

“I feel this is going to move forward,” Mims said. “This is an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art facility.”

Utilities are already in the ground, which makes the site ready for construction. Mims said she hopes to break ground in about a year.

“It’s good to be able to plan ahead, not just for now but in the future,” she said.

The price of the land depends on the site chosen. Supervisors have designated $3 million for a new substation, which may barely cover the cost for land. The county will need to tap other revenues sources for construction.

Nick Audino, the listing agent for Newmark Grubb, which is marketing the property, said the price of land in that part of the business park ranges from $217,800 to $522,720 per acre.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin