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Hall plans to build new correctional institute

POSTED: December 9, 2013 7:21 p.m.

Initial steps are being taken toward building a new correctional institute in Hall County.

IPG Inc., an architecture and planning firm out of Valdosta, has asked for $248,000 for the design phase; the total cost of the project is expected to be between $3 and $4 million.

Funds would come from special purpose local option sales tax VI, which started in July 2009 and runs until June 2015.

“We’ve only got about $3 million (budgeted), but we’re going to try to get some money from the state,” said Ken Rearden, the county’s Public Works and Utilities director.

A letter from IPG to Rearden dated Dec. 2 stated “all of the site work and out buildings could be handled by inmate construction,” which would cut down on costs.

This initial $248,000 would include surveying, site preparation, construction documents and a construction phase.

The Hall County Correctional Institute is at 1694 Barber Road. The new location will be next door; after it’s up and running, the current building will be demolished.

The correctional institute is a different facility operated separately from the county jail.

Rearden said the design would include one manned station plus four wings for dorms.

“It’s a pretty nice, workable facility,” Rearden said.

It will hold 200 beds. According to Warden Walt Davis, the current building can house up to 240 inmates.

There is no set time frame, but Davis said an optimistic schedule would be to have a groundbreaking this spring; construction could take 12 to 18 months.

The commissioners will vote at the Thursday meeting on moving forward.


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