Demolition nearly done for county law enforcement center property

By Bob Steenson,

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.