Task Force OKs Plans for Detention Center
Action taken by the Major Capital Projects Task Force Wednesday clears the way for the Moore County Board of Commissioners to authorize the architect to complete plans for construction of a public safety-detention center at a Monday meeting.
If the board approves the plans recommended by the task force, it is expected that the Ware-Bonsall architectural firm will complete the plans within two weeks.
Architect Glenn Ware said he hopes to open bids by the end of July and to award a contract in September. Construction of the multi-million dollar project will take about 21 months for completion.
The task force, chaired by Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey, met Wednesday to examine and approve a few changes needed in the site plan since the commissioners voted not to place the new government office building on the same tract with the public safety-detention center. No changes were made in the building design, a red brick and glass structure with the public safety portion three stories high and the detention center in mezzanine style with four levels, one underground.
Ware said changes to the site plan were minor, including elimination of some parking designated for the government office building. A few changes in grading and sidewalks were also made.
The commissioners on Monday will also be asked to approve two alternates to be included in the call for bids. One alternate concerns the use of the existing jail as a future addition, the other alternate will cover a wall needed to provide storage space for the jail in the event the old jail is not used.
Commissioners’ Chairman Tim Lea, a member of the task force, said the alternates will give the county options for cost-saving when bids are opened.
More details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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