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  • Pima County closes deal to develop Northwest Service Center

    Sep 11, 2018 | Read More News
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    File: vaccination clinicPima County has closed on the acquisition of a property at 1010 W. Miracle Mile intended to house a number of County agencies that serve that area. The roughly 4.6-acre lot features a nearly 50,000- square-foot main building and smaller a 1,700-square-foot building across the parking lot.

    The $2.85-million-dollar acquisition will enable residents of Tucson’s north side and the Flowing Wells area to access a number of public services more easily and under one roof. Specifically, the county will consolidate six offices currently leased or operated by the Health Department, Adult Probation, Juvenile Court and Community Services, Employment and Training. Renovation and modification costs will run approximately $4 million.

    “It’s a highly convenient and accessible location from both a customer service and an operational standpoint,” Assistant County Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia said. “The departments’ respective missions often complement one another and the open floor plan of the main building will allow us to customize the layout to enhance efficiency and economies of scale.”

    The purchase also will prove to be cost-effective. A recent analysis found the county spends more than $883,000 each year on rent for the six programs that would occupy the service center. Compare that to the estimated $595,000 annual mortgage payment and the county will recoup the costs of acquisition and refurbishment in just 15 years.

    Once occupied, the building will offer a wide variety of Health Department services – from family planning to immunization clinics to WIC benefits – as well as job training programs for youths and adults and satellite operations for adult probation and a juvenile court.

    Other services the county may provide at the facility include:
    • Public meeting rooms
    • Public education programs, such as car seat safety and food handler certification classes
    • Vital records
    • Pima Animal Care licensing
    • Prescription drug disposal site
    The building is currently used as a bowling alley and will continue to operate as such for at least a year while the county renovates the building and prepares architectural plans for its reuse.