Construction of new Weber juvenile justice center set to begin soon

Friday , March 04, 2016 - 12:00 AM

ANDREAS RIVERA, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — State and county officials hope to break ground this month on a long awaited new juvenile justice center to replace the aging Weber Valley Detention Center.

After about a yearlong delay, Weber County is closing a $1.22 million land sale to the state of Utah March 15 in order build the new detention center and multipurpose facility, according to assistant director of operations for Weber County Kevin McLeod. Officals say the new facility should be in use by August 2017.

The facility will be built on a 7.5 acre plot of land at 701 West 12th Street in Ogden. It sits between 12th Street and the Weber County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters and Corrections Facility.

Weber County approved the sale of the land in a year ago but an environmental study on the land was required before they could close the sale and begin construction, McLeod said. 

McLeod expects construction will begin as soon as the sale is closed. The state selected Layton Construction for the project and is close to submitting final designs, he said.

Plans for a new juvenile center have been in the works for several years by the Office of Juvenile Justice Services. The Weber Valley Detention Center, located at 5600 South and 2700 West in Roy, has been in service since 1965. the building is antiquated and presents several safety and security concerns, according to deputy director of Juvenile Justice Services Debbie Whitlock. Whitlock declined to elaborate on specific issues.

The new center will double the amount of bed space to 48 and the facility will bring several programs under one roof, including a transitional residential program, an early intervention service and educational programs, Whitlock said. Having these services in the same building, she said, will be a cost saver for the state. 

The total cost for the center is $15 million, she said. The center will be larger than the Farmington Bay Youth Detention Center which has taken in overflow for the current facility.

Weber County is also contributing to the project by building an access road to the facility from 12th Street, which will turn the intersection at Depot Drive into a four-way intersection, McLeod said.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or Follow him on Facebook or Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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