Nov 12, 2010 9:20 AM by Katie Durio
The Lafayette Planning Commission has given approval to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office for the subdivision of property earmarked for the construction of the new public safety facility on a 28-acre site located on West Willow Street, adjacent to the corner of North Pat Street. The property was approved to be converted into a one lot commercial development.
The approval keeps the project on track for a fall of 2011 groundbreaking. Construction on Phase I will take approximately one year to complete. It will consist of the construction of up to a 300-bed state-of-the-art Work Release Center in addition to 216 beds of Minimum Custody Secure Housing.
Other buildings to be built in Phase I include: a new Professional Development and TrainingCenter; Video Visitation Facilities; and WarehouseBuilding. The WarehouseBuilding will include a Central Laundry, Inmate Industries, Central Warehouse, as well as facilities maintenance and processing areas. All Phase I construction will help alleviate space issues at the current Sherriff's Office Facilities.
The new facility is tentatively named the Oak Grove Public Safety Complex and is reaching completion of the schematic design stage. When complete the complex will be the cornerstone of Sheriff Neustrom's goal to provide the highest quality and most cost effective public safety services to the citizens of Lafayette Parish.
When construction plans are finalized, drawings and details will be made available to the public on the LPSO website www.lafayettesheriff.com.