New safety center to open in Aptos

Sr. Project Manager Keith Henderson shows the plans for Aptos Village. Photo by Bek Phillips

A new mid-county safety center will open in the new Aptos Village development in early 2019, county officials announced.

The new center is the first multi-agency public safety center in the county. It will include a relocation of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office substation formerly located in the Rancho Del Mar shopping center, as well as offices for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney, Santa Cruz County Probation Department and County Supervisor Zach Friend.

"Establishing essential services within our community helps increase public safety while furthering the connection between residents and their government," Friend said. "Once completed, I look forward to welcoming residents to these offices."

The 3,200-square-foot space will include offices, equipment and meeting space and house an outreach center for the DA's consumer affairs and environmental protection staff and probation staff.

"I'm excited that my office, for the first time, will be able to meet with the people we work so hard to protect at a dedicated mid-county location," District Attorney Jeff Rosell said. "This is a wonderful contribution to public safety in Santa Cruz County."

Currently in the latter stages of construction, Phase I of the Aptos Village development is expected to open in the coming months. It includes a mix of new market rate and affordable housing, commercial tenants and offices.

"Once we move in and get settled, I look forward to hosting a grand opening community celebration for the new substation," Sheriff Jim Hart said. "This new center will support public safety by providing deputies a place to conduct business and interact with the public, and will be a valuable community resource."

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