CHULA VISTA-San Diego County officials have broken ground on a much-needed South County branch building for several San Diego County departments, including the office of the assessor, recorder and county clerk.

The office at Third Avenue and I Street will provide one-stop shopping for people needing to do everything from pay property taxes to pick up a marriage certificate. Currently, South County residents have to drive to the county administration building at 1600 Pacific Hwy. near Downtown San Diego.

El Cajon-based CDM Construction will start work the day after Christmas on the $2.1-million, 20,000-sf project, which is scheduled for completion by mid-June. The two-story building will be adjacent to the county courthouse.

The building will include a 1,000-sf community room and marriage chapel.

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