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Justice center construction on track
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Work on two major county projects continues according to plan. Construction of the Liberty County Justice Center in downtown Hinesville continues at a steady pace, and County Administrator Joey Brown said the building is scheduled to be complete by March 2011.
“Construction continues on all levels but the building will be finalized by floors, with the top being the first to be complete,” Brown said. “I anticipate the completion of a furniture package to let for RFP [request for proposals] in September or early October.”
Roughly $8 million in SPLOST funds was earmarked in 2008 for bonds for construction of the center, and the cost to complete the justice center sits at just over $19 million. Pope Construction has managed the project, for which the groundbreaking was held in February 2009.
When complete, the three-story, 92,000 square-foot building on Main Street will house courtrooms, offices for state court, probate, superior court and magistrate judges, public defender and district attorneys’ offices, holding cells and clerks’ offices, as well as the law library.
Work toward constructing a new 22,000-square-foot facility to house the Department of Family and Children’s Services for Liberty County also remains on track. Brown said he expects bonds for the work to be issued in late September. The DFCS facility will be built on the old county hospital site on Highway 84.
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