DUBLIN -- Alameda County is entering the final phase of turning the city of Dublin into a one-stop law enforcement destination.
Dublin, which is already home to a California Highway Patrol office, the Alameda County Sheriff's Training Center and the Santa Rita Jail, could add the East County Hall of Justice by the end of 2015.
Construction on a $100 million, 197,000-square-foot courthouse could begin by the end of spring, and the Tri-Valley's largest courthouse could be open in two years, said James Kachik, Deputy Director at County of Alameda General Services Agencies.
"This (courthouse) is intended to absorb and consolidate and create space for the county court system," said Kachik. "Generally the intent is for this facility to incorporate existing facilities."
A new east county courthouse has been in the works for years, including a 2003 proposal for a five-story courthouse that was turned down by Dublin city officials. The county is in the final stages of a design-build proposal, and if approved the next step would be to hire a contractor, Kachik said.
The new plans call for the 197,000 square-foot facility that the courts would share with Alameda County. The new courthouse would have 13 courtrooms, judges' chambers, jury rooms and roughly 40,000 square feet of office space for county use related to the courts. The courthouse is to be built on Gleason Drive between Madigan Drive and Arnold Road, land owned by the county and less than a mile away from Santa Rita Jail, a CHP office and the sheriff's training center.
"It's been a long time coming," said Kevin Hart, a Dublin council member who won a second term in November and also retired from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office after 31 years. "I worked on it as a lieutenant with the sheriff's office, and it has gone through some redesigns, but it will be a very nice amenity to the area."
Hart said the new courthouse will bring new jobs to the city and would also see the operations at the courthouse in Pleasanton shift to Dublin, bringing those jobs as well. The proposed site is land already owned by the county and was purchased along with the land that houses the jail and sheriff's training facility from the military in the 1940s, Hart said.
"It's interesting on how it has unraveled, but there was no grand master plan 50 years ago to build a law enforcement community in Dublin," Hart said. "It just happened."