FARMINGTON -- The move into the new $1.5 million Children's Justice Center is under way.
But officials don't anticipate CJC staff offices to be operational in the 9,400-square-foot structure for a few more weeks, while furniture, fixtures and equipment arrive and are moved in.
"There will be a two-week time period that (staff) are there, but not operational," said Davis County Planning Director Barry Burton, serving as the county's project manager for the center.
Burton said he had planned to move into the new CJC building, just east of the current CJC building, sometime in November in hopes it would be operational by mid-December.
"We're a little bit behind schedule," he said.
The county has yet to schedule a grand-opening walkthrough of the building for the public, media and invited guests.
But Burton anticipates a grand-opening date announcement to come shortly, as the county has to be out of the existing CJC offices at 125 S. Main St. by Jan. 3.
On that date, Burton said, the contractor takes over that building and will destroy it, making room for the county's new 18,000-square-foot main branch library to be built on the courthouse campus at 28 E. State St. in downtown Farmington.
The CJC, main branch library and 90,000-square-foot, three-story administrative office building are all part of a $22.5 million county courthouse campus renovation project currently under way.
The three-building renovation is expected to be complete by August.
Burton said the CJC grounds can't be landscaped until spring.
The campus renovation is currently on budget, said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.
The bulk of the renovation is being paid for with $19.6 million in recovery zone bonds, which were made available during President Barack Obama's federal stimulus package, Rawlings said.
"We took advantage of that," he said.
The other $2.9 million for the renovation came from the county's capital project reserve funds, he said.
Rawlings said no property tax increase was needed to pay for the project as a result.