SIMI VALLEY : Council Contracts to Renovate Building

The Simi Valley City Council has awarded a $253,000 contract for the renovation of a former Ventura County courthouse building that it bought in 1988. The council awarded the contract to the Goleta-based R.P. Richard's Construction Co. Inc.

Work is expected to begin immediately to upgrade the 11,000-square-foot building in the 3000 block of Cochran Street to meet the needs of tenants, including the Police Department, the Simi Valley Cultural Assn. and the American Red Cross.

The work will include repainting, replacement of floor tile and carpet, as well as the removal of existing office partitioning, city officials said. The building will also be modified to meet current fire codes and to accommodate the handicapped.

The city bought the building in March, 1988, and two years later authorized use of a portion of the facility by the Police Department, located next door. At the same time, the city negotiated lease agreements with the cultural association and the Red Cross to use other areas of the building.

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