Washoe County medical examiner to get larger new building

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials are about to mark the start of construction on a new Washoe County medical examiner's office in Reno.

County spokesman Chris Ciarlo says a 1:30 p.m. Tuesday ceremony will be held at the site on East 9th Street across from the Washoe County complex near Interstate 80.

The $12 million building will update and provide more space for services provided Washoe County and 19 other Nevada counties and California counties. It'll be paid for with Washoe County capital improvement funds

Ellen Clark is chief county medical examiner.

Officials have characterized the cramped coroner's office on Kirman Avenue near Renown Regional Medical Center as too small. That office was built in 1959.

The new facility will be more than 50 percent bigger, at 19,000 square feet.

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