The county government building to be built adjacent to Hesperia City Hall and the community library just got a little bigger.

On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a 12,000 square foot increase in the size of the planned High Desert Government Center, taking it from a 55,000 square foot building to a 67,000 square foot one.

"We did a space study and talked to each of the departments" to be housed there, said David Zook, the spokesman for Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. "Initially, we would have had enough space, but it would not have allowed room for growth."

County departments to be housed in the center include agriculture/weights and measures, the board of supervisors, fire marshal, human resources, land use services, environmental health services, assessor, public works, registrar of voters, treasurer/tax collector and veterans' affairs.

"It's definitely worth the couple extra months' delay."

The changes add $2.6 million in costs to a project now estimated to cost a total of $32 million to build.

"The actual construction won't take that much longer," said Zook. The center will open "probably late summer of next year, we're estimating."

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