November 10, 2010 6:20 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Victor Valley residents now have a single central location for county services without braving the Cajon Pass.

The Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, next to the new Hesperia Police Station, and across from Hesperia City Hall and the Hesperia branch library, held its official grand opening on Wednesday, although many of the county offices inside have been in operation for days or weeks.

“This center exists to provide the best possible service to High Desert residents,” First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said at the dedication ceremony for the center Wednesday afternoon.

The $20 million, 66,000 square foot building is largely powered by the sun, thanks to solar cells on the roofs of the carport next door and features other environmentally friendly features.

The center is not yet fully occupied — the county is discussing housing other agencies that are currently scattered around the Victor Valley, Mitzelfelt said — but the building already houses branch offices of the Assessor, Code Enforcement, County Clerk and Recorder, County Fire, Environmental Health, Planning, Building and Safety, Public Works, and Veterans Affairs departments. The building also features a pair of wedding chapels for those picking up their marriage licenses from the clerk’s office.

The Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center is located at 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more on the new center, see Thursday’s Daily Press. To subscribe to the Daily Press in print or online, call (760) 241-7755, 1-800-553-2006 or click here.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.