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717310: Willits/Northern Mendocino County Center


Scope of Project: To own and develop a permanent site and plan and implement the construction of a new Willits/North County Center.

Location: 372 E. Commercial Street, Willits

Budget: $6,703,619

Target Completion Date: December 2013

Point Persons: Mark Rawitsch, Dean of Instruction-Centers, Mike Adams, Director of Facilities Planning


March 2013 - The Willits/North County Center is on schedule with completion and occupancy planned for Summer 2013 and classes planned for the Fall 2013 semester.

June 2012 - The Willits/North County Center is currently out to bid, with bid opening scheduled for July 25, 2012. Completion by August 2013 will allow the 2013 Fall semester to be the first offered at the new site.

December 2011 - The project design is complete and the project has been submitted to the Department of the State Architect (DSA)for final review. The project will be bid and awarded upon approval from DSA. Demolition of the existing facilities on the building site will take place during the Spring 2012.

September 2011 - Planning has continued with the working drawings scheduled to be complete in December. Following review by the Office of the State Architect, the project will be bid and awarded with construction beginning during the summer of 2012.

June 2011 - The project programming and schematic planning are complete, with continued committee meetings scheduled throughout the summer and early fall. Plans are scheduled to be finalized before the first of the year, with construction planned to begin during the summer of 2012.

March 2011 - The site purchase at 100 Lenore Avenue in Willits is complete. A planning committee has been formed and planning visitations to other centers in Northern California took place in April. The original project outline, concept site plan, and the Educational Master Plan are under review to determine the project scope.

December 2009 - Site purchase is pending satisfactory completion of a Mitigated Negative Declaration that meets the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) requirements. Implementation of the site cleanup by owner in compliance with Phase II findings continues. Project planning will continue on the design program and concepts for the project.

April 2008 - A list of 19 potential properties of interest in Willits has been compiled and is currently being reviewed by the Willits Center Planning Committee and Ira Bennett Consulting, to establish a process for review and timelines.  

February 2008 - Ongoing meetings with major public representatives and private individuals are taking place for the identification of a possible site. A meeting with the City Engineer of Willits has taken place to review the flood plan, infrastructure, water, sewer, and joint use possibilities. 

December 2007 - A site acquisition committee has been meeting to explore possible sites for the Mendocino College Willits/North County Center. 

September 2007 - Meetings have been held with the Willits City Council and the County of Mendocino to determine how best to coordinate efforts with Mendocino-Lake Community College to make the Willits Center a reality.

August 2007 - Placed advertisements in Willits News and Santa Rosa Press Democrat soliciting land.

Created: July 20, 2007 @ 07:29 PM
Last Modified: June 13, 2013 @ 03:56 PM


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