One piece of a major project for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office complex is back on budget, but the future of a companion building still …
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One piece of a major project for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office complex is back on budget, but the future of a companion building still seems in doubt.
Ground was scheduled to be broken for renovations at the detention center and construction of a new community-corrections service building along the Jefferson County Parkway this summer.
Instead both projects have run into budget concerns and other delays.
Jeffco Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold said the work on sheriff’s complex will not begin until the end of the year.
He said the whether the community corrections facility will be built at all is still in doubt.
Both projects were estimated to be well over budget in May — $8.6 million more for the sheriff’s complex and $4.6 million more for the community corrections facility.
For the sheriff’s complex, there has been positive news. Leopold recently gave an update on the $34.8 million project to the Board of County Commissioners.
He said the renovation project looks to be back on budget, without having to remove or downgrade any of the planned improvements.
“There was a lot of design work and nailing of details to be done,” Leopold said, adding that the plan architect and general contractor managed to reduce the estimated costs substantially through design tweaks and material choices.
Major portions of the renovation, including a new crime lab and new boilers, remain in the plan.
“Those boilers have been running nonstop since the building was constructed 27 years ago,” Leopold said.
A proposed community-corrections facility that would sit next door to the sheriff’s complex does not have such a positive outlook.
In June the commissioners heard that the estimated cost for the facility, which would serve men, was going to jump from $9 million to $13.6 million.
Also casting doubt on the new building plans is what Commission Chair Don Rosier called a lack of commitment from the city of Lakewood to give $2.5 million to assist in purchasing the current community-corrections
Leopold said that while county and Lakewood staff members are still discussing the situation, he has been instructed to place the community-corrections project on indefinite hold.
He said any groundbreaking for that project will likely be shifted to spring 2013 at the earliest.
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