In 1995, the Base and Realignment and Closure (BRAC) office reduced Sierra Army Depot’s (SIAD) ammunition mission. Resulting in the Depot reducing its total acreage and a reduction in employment at the base. Some of the excess acreage was transferred to the County of Lassen’s Local Reuse Authority (LRA). After the transfer, the County of Lassen’s Community Development Commission (CDC) formed a Redevelopment Project Area for the community of Herlong and adopted the Sierra Army Depot Project Area Redevelopment Plan, in 2004. The plan contains guidelines and policies for the area including the development of commercial, residential and industrial projects intended to revitalize the community.
The town of Herlong (population: 500) is located roughly 50 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and 45 miles southeast of Susanville, California. Located off U.S. Highway 395, the town can be accessed from Lassen County Routes A-25 and A-26. The nearest towns, Milford (population: 500) and Doyle (population: 1000) are each approximately ten miles from Herlong.
The town of Herlong features the following facilities: high school, middle/elementary school, gymnasium, child care facility, theater (under re-construction), grocery store, convenience mart, gift shop, bowling alley, tennis court, baseball fields (under re-construction), post office, credit union and commercial kitchen (under re-construction).
Currently, the two major employers in Herlong are the SIAD and the Federal Correction Institute (FCI), Herlong. SIAD is located on about 37,937 acres and employees about 750 civilians. SIAD also grants residents access to its amenities (swimming pool, picnic areas, etc.) via day passes. The medium security FCI Herlong, opened in March of 2005, covers 652 acres, and employs a staff of up to 350 people.
4,383 acres are owned by the LRA which are presently available for the development of commercial, residential and industrial projects. 414 acres are zoned for commercial/retail use, 40 acres are zoned for residential use, 880 acres are zoned for industrial use, and 3,049 acres are zoned as conservation/open space. The LRA is currently accepting proposals of development for the area.
For more information on the Herlong Redevelopment Area, please call (530) 251-8309 or email Housing@co.lassen.ca.us.