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Demolition nearly done for county law enforcement center property

  • An excavator loads the remains of the house at 101 S. Jackson St. into a refuse container, during demolition for the Floyd County law enforcement center project. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A tree topples at 101 S. Jackson St. Thursday afternoon after the trunk was notched and it was given a tug by a cable pulled by heavy equipment from Cole Excavating during demolition for the Floyd County law enforcement center project. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A worker from Cole Excavating notches a tree on the property at 101 S. Jackson St. Thursday afternoon so it can be pulled down, cut up and removed. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • An excavator operated by a worker from Cole Excavating in Greene knocks down the rest of the house at 111 S. Jackson St. on Wednesday. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • An excavator operator from Cole Excavating in Greene loads materials from the former Davico car wash into a refuse bin earlier this week. Press photo by Bob Steenson

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

Crews finished the above-ground demolition Thursday on the three properties along South Jackson Street that will be part of the Floyd County law enforcement center project.

It took a little longer than expected, as concrete at the former Davico car wash site on the corner of Gilbert and South Jackson streets was extensive, and most of last week was spent working on that property.

By Monday this week, however, the crew from Cole Excavating in Greene began knocking down and hauling away the two houses and garages at 111 and 101 S. Jackson that the county purchased last year for the project.

The last of the structures was gone on Thursday and the crew finished cutting down the remaining trees on the property, first notching the trunks then using a cable pulled by an excavator to make sure they fell the right way.

By Thursday evening the only things left on the site were the tree stumps and a little more debris to be hauled away.

Construction on the law enforcement center, that will include a county jail and offices for the sheriff’s department and dispatchers, is projected to begin this summer and finish in late fall 2020.

The $13.5 million project was approved by Floyd County voters in a special referendum last May, to be financed with general obligation bonds paid back with county property taxes.

The law enforcement center will be joined to the existing county courthouse with an atrium that will include a lobby, as well as new elevators and restrooms serving each floor of the courthouse.

Updates to the courthouse also include all new windows and a new heating and air conditioning system serving both buildings. Several departments will also switch offices within the courthouse once the jail and Sheriff’s Office on the top floor move into the new law enforcement center.

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