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After negotiating a final price, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has sewed up an agreement to acquire the former Bank of America building in downtown Guerneville to be used for county services to the lower Russian River area.
The purchase is in line with the county’s Strategic Plan to establish regional service centers in west Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley and Cloverdale by 2023.
The supervisors initially met in July and unanimously approved spending up to $3 million on the site, until it was determined that the building needed a new roof, new heating and air conditioning system, and fire alarm system. Construction was also needed to bring some doors into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All told, the county was able to knock $275,000 off the price to make up for the needed upgrades, making the grand total cost $2.73 million.
The property, located at 16390 Main St., holds the offices for the Department of Health Services and the Probation Department, along with offices for the nonprofit West County Community Services.
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said in July that taking ownership of the site will avert disruptions in services and will turn the building into a satellite office for other county agencies in an attempt to “reimagine” the central county government center.
The 7,784-square-foot building has been the central hub for health and welfare services in the western part of the county. It also serves as an assistance center during local disasters.
The owners of the property, Patricia Veale and Clement Carinalli of the Veale Family 2020 Revocable Trust, accepted the county’s offer to purchase the site earlier this year. The move was made before the county’s lease ends next year.
For now, the building’s sale is escrow at least through Nov. 18.