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    County May Purchase Parfet Property

    The Board of County Commissioners, at its Aug. 23 hearing, approved the potential purchase of property located at 645-655 Parfet Street in Lakewood for $2.3 million. The Parfet building is 54,855 square feet and is adjacent to county owned property at 11011 West 6th Avenue known as the Remington Building.

    During the same BCC hearing, the board approved the potential sale of county property at the northeast corner of Alameda and Kipling. That property contains a 40-year old building where some of the county's Public Health administrative offices and a clinic are now housed.

    The Parfet building will serve as a replacement if the other building is sold and allow the county to move the Public Health Department's administrative, environmental health and clinical staff from Lakewood and the Climax building into the Parfet Building to increase efficiency and save on maintenance and operational costs.

    Property May Be Sold to Colorado Christian University

    The Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the sale of county owned property at Alameda and Kipling to the Colorado Christian University, which has offered a purchase price for the property of $3.75 million.

    The property is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Kipling and Alameda. The Jefferson County Public Health Department and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health currently occupy the two buildings on the site, which is located in Lakewood.

    After 40 years at its current location, Public Health services have grown to the point that the department has outgrown the facility.

    Jefferson County acquired the approximately 18 acres in 1961. A 27,468 square foot building was built on the site in 1965 and 11,064 square feet building was constructed in 1970.

    The county decided, after recommendations from a citizen budget panel in 2009 and detailed analysis, to sell the site and relocate the Public Health Department's offices. The county currently owns approximately 58 facilities spread over its 774 square miles. It also leases space in non-county facilities. The county has been assessing all its properties to determine operational costs associated with building maintenance needs, future operational capacity and building characteristics. It is part of an initiative to consolidate operations into "satellite campuses" or "hubs" to control future costs and provide more efficiency in service delivery.

    After the decision to sell the Alameda and Kipling property was made, the county in April 2010, worked with the city of Lakewood, in which the property is located, and rezoned it to planned development. Some of the uses this zoning allows for include retail, general office and university uses.

    In August 2010, the county held a meeting with potential developers to solicit offers. Although there was significant interest, no proposals were received by the deadline. Then in spring of 2011 the county received the proposal from the university, which has campus buildings close to the site.

    The sale of the property to Colorado Christian University is pending the successful outcome of sale negotiations.

    September 8, 2011

    Last Updated: 7-9-2013