Visalia/Tulare

Tulare County approves purchase of Sequoia National Forest headquarters

A new Tulare County Sheriff’s Substation is headed to Porterville. 

Tuesday, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors agreed to purchase the property located at 1839 S. Newcomb St., Porterville, for $2.8 million. 

The supervisors passed the agreement on a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Dennis Townsend recused himself from a vote because of a financial conflict of interest. 

The property is owned by GBD Properties, which is run by Gary Day and Belinda Day. 

Currently the property is leased to the United State Forest Service (USFS) for its Sequoia National Forest headquarters. 

With the USFS planning to relocate its Sequoia National Forest headquarters in July, the door opened for the county to purchase the property and expand its law enforcement services in the Porterville area. 

The 2.85-acre lot has an 18,000 square foot building along with secured parking. 

“The property is ideal for a new substation due to its size, amenities such as secured parking, and location,” the county staff report reads. 

The property is near the South County Detention Facility, the Porterville Municipal Airport and New Eagle Mountain Casino. 

Estimated closing costs will come in at $2,000 to go along with the estimated brokers commission of $84,000. 

The county will use funds from the Capital Projects budget to purchase the property. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.