Stanislaus County supervisors approved a design today for a coroner's office in downtown Modesto.
The county will spend $4.9 million on the remodel of the former Medical Arts Building at 17th and G streets, replacing the outdated coroner's facility on Oakdale Road. The downtown building was part of the county health system until a clinic downsizing in 2006.
Officials will now seek construction bids from seven construction contractors with the qualifications to build the coroner's facility. The downtown building will give the coroner's office triple the space it has now. The remodel also will include a jail inmate video visitation center and records storage for the county Health Services Agency.
The remodel is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
Funding for the project comes from a tobacco-tax fund and public facilities fees.