The 4th Street block includes several residences and Raliberto’s Taco Shop. (Google Street View)

Humboldt County plans to purchase a number of properties on 4th Street in Eureka, likely to build a parking structure that would offset the expansion of the county jail.

Parking improvements is currently the “anticipated” use of the properties, which include six units on the 1000 block of 4th street. The lot’s long-term use “will be evaluated” as part of the county’s facilities master plan.

The county will spend over $900,000 to acquire the properties, a purchase with over three years of background. At today’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved the “notice of intention” to purchase by unanimous consent — meaning the supervisors didn’t discuss the matter.

“On January 19, 2016, your Board approved the first stage in a comprehensive finance package to move the county in the direction of having campuses where like functions are grouped together for better public services,” a county staff report reads.

The properties are adjacent to the county Public Defender’s office. Multiple residences are among the locations, as well as Raliberto’s Taco Shop, a downtown Mexican restaurant.

“Should the county purchase these real properties, it would provide significant benefits to the campus complex concept,” the report continues. “The optimal long-term use of this property will be evaluated as part of the county’s facilities master plan.”

The purchase is part of nearly $6 million set aside in 2016 for capital improvement projects.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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