South County Facility

The County currently provides services in the Town of Mammoth Lakes within leased office space in the Sierra Center Mall (SCM) and the Minaret Mall (MM). Within these two locations, County services include Public Health, Behavioral Health, Environmental Health, Social Services, District Attorney, Probation, Community Development, Public Works, County Counsel, Economic Development, as well as offices for the County Administration and the Board of Supervisors.

Both of these leases will expire in the coming years, and the County is now working to determine the most cost effective long-term approach for a safe, comfortable, and modest facility to provide County services within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

The County is pursuing two alternatives at this time:

1. Lease expansion and renewal at SCM

2. Building a County-owned facility as a part of a Mammoth Lakes Civic Center.

The question of leasing versus building in Mammoth has been discussed since at least 2006. For recent Board reports and a basic chronology, see below attachments. 

This represents a major financial decision for Mono County. Click here for financial summaries, details, and projected costs for the alternatives

The lease agreements for these spaces are coming up in 2019 (Sierra Center Mall), and 2021 (Minaret Mall). These leased spaces cost the taxpayers over $1.1m per year. Click here to see the details on current leasing costs.

The County has participated in the development of preliminary plans for constructing a County-owned facility within a Mammoth Lakes Civic Center. Click here to view the preliminary site plans, floor plans and elevations.

The financial projections are largely based on two separate cost estimates that were generated by two separate cost estimating firms. Each cost estimate includes a section on the cost to construct a new facility, as well as a section on the cost to perform tenant improvements at Sierra Center Mall. Click here to view these cost estimates and associated facility reports.

For additional information or explanations, please contact Tony Dublino at tdublino@mono.ca.gov