Juvenile justice officials break ground on new Weber detention center

Wednesday , April 27, 2016 - 4:37 PM18 comments

ANDREAS RIVERA, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Construction has begun on the long-awaited replacement to Weber County’s aging juvenile detention center, a replacement that will also be a multi-purpose facility for a variety of juvenile justice programs.

Officials at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, April 27, were pleased to begin the building of the Weber Valley Multi-Use Youth Center, which has been in development for several years. The facility will replace the current Weber Valley Detention Center in Roy, which has been in service since 1965.

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The center is located at 701 West 12th St. in Ogden, adjacent to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office and Jail.

The intersection of 12th Street and Depot Drive will be made into a four-way intersection to provide access to the facility, Kevin McLeod, assistant director of operations for Weber County, previously told the Standard-Examiner.

During the ceremony, special tokens bearing messages of change, written by youth staying in detention facilities from around the state, were dropped into a “wishing well.”

In addition to a detention facility, the center will host a multitude of juvenile justice programs including early intervention services, observation and assessment, case management, and transition for youths returning to the community, according to a Division of Juvenile Justice Services news release. 

The 63,000-square-foot facility will contain five residential housing units with a capacity for 64 youths, six classrooms, a gymnasium, library and arts and crafts room, according to the release. 

Construction is estimated to be completed by fall 2017, according to the release.

Weber County recently closed a $1.22 million land sale to the state of Utah after a year-long, mandatory environmental study was conducted on the property.

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

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