Pinal County officials opened three new facilities within just over a month, expanding the services available in Districts 2 and 4 and giving San Tan Valley its first public library.
The projects were funded by a $63-million bond issue approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2019 to provide local access in the two newest districts to many services for the first time, along with a permanent home for the district supervisors’ offices.
The bond sale also financed new buildings at the county seat in Florence for the Development Services Department and the County Attorney’s Office, the latter of which is expected to be complete this fall, county spokesman James Daniels said.
Officials plan to break ground this fall on two more buildings in Florence, for the Medical Examiner and Fiduciary/Public Defender offices, Daniels said.
DISTRICT 2 COUNTY COMPLEX
The $16-million facility next to Central Arizona College’s San Tan Campus on Bella Vista Road had its official opening April 22 and will serve San Tan Valley, an unincorporated area with over 100,000 residents who have been clamoring for better access to government services.
County Supervisor Mike Goodman and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office have moved in from the county’s former rented space on Schnepf Road into Building A, sharing the space with new satellite locations for Development Services and the Assessor’s, Recorder’s and Treasurer’s offices.
Building B houses a new Family Advocacy Center and the San Tan Valley Library. The Pinal County Library District’s first new location in 20 years, it will have a selection of 13,000 books, 8,000 audiobooks, and eight public computer terminals. It’s currently scheduled to open in mid-July.
Goodman said at the ribbon cutting: “This is probably one of the most exciting things for San Tan Valley. It has a sense of community, and it brings the government closer to the people.”
COUNTY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES BUILDING
Pinal County’s Development Services Department, which includes its Public Works, Community Development, Open Space and Trails, and Air Quality services, opened its new headquarters May 20. It’s at 85 N. Florence St. in the county seat’s Florence Administration Center.
Community Development, which includes the planning, engineering, and building safety divisions, is open to the public on an appointment-only basis; to schedule a time call 520-866-6442.
The $13-million, two-story building is also the new home of the County Attorney’s Civil Services Division.
Most of Building F, where Development Services had been based for 20 years, is being demolished for parking space, but the portion that holds the County’s Emergency Operations Center will be left intact and refurbished.
DISTRICT 4 COUNTY COMPLEX
The $12-million complex at 19955 N. Wilson Ave. in Maricopa covers 42,000 square feet across two buildings and houses District 4 Supervisor Jeff McClure’s and satellite offices for the County Assessor, Recorder and Treasurer, plus the Development Services Department.
There’s also a Sheriff’s Office substation with holding cells and office space for the Clerk of the Superior Court and the junior and adult probation offices. It also incorporates the Justice Court and City of Maricopa Court.
“The biggest thing for the County is to get out to the constituents, and that’s difficult to do when you’re 45 minutes away,” McClure said at the May 27 ribbon-cutting.