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Commissioners to vote on approval of new multimillion-dollar BernCo headquarters

Megan Abundis
March 24, 2019 10:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County wants to turn the vacant Alvarado Square office space into what they say will be a one-stop shop for the public.

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"A customer service center on the first floor, the treasurer will be there collecting the money, the assessor, the clerk, solid waste will be there, human resources, building, planning, zoning," said Bernalillo County Chief Project Manager Shiree Mckenzie.

It is a multimillion dollar project to consolidate all of the Bernalillo County departments. The county originally bought the office building for less than $3 million, but now says renovation costs will be well over $45 million.

Bernalillo County officials say they will put about 900 people at Alvarado Square. It will include new chambers for the Bernalillo County Commission, splitting their ties with the current shared space with the city in Civic Plaza.

There's also talk of an on-site medical clinic and child care services just for county employees.

"We are really doing this project to benefit the community," Mckenzie said.

She said that each square foot will cost taxpayers 142 dollars. County officials report that the cost numbers are climbing. They plan to pay for the renovations through the 2017 GRT bonds, general obligation bonds and general fund money.

Bernalillo County will offset some of the cost by selling some of its buildings too.

On Tuesday the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the design-build of the project. Once the deal is finalized, construction will take about two years. 

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