The city has done a preliminary review of plans for a large-scale U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service facility and is waiting for a response from the building owner.
The proposed INS expansion in downtown includes six holding cells, a feature that has sparked opposition from city officials and nearby residents who contend it would be too close to homes.
The INS, which already occupies office space at 801 Civic Center Drive, plans to build Southern California's first full-service, subdistrict office, which would include everything from the detention cells to benefits processing.
If the property owners decide to follow through with the project on behalf of the INS, they will need to request zoning and general plan changes, and variances for parking and landscaping requirements from the City Council, said city Planning Director Robyn Uptegraff.
The owner, a Delaware-based corporation, could not be reached for comment.