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Daily Journal on 1/31/2023 by Emily Ketterer
Years-long plans for a new community corrections building and renovated county highway department are underway again.
County officials last week approved spending $1 million from money the county has from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to start the designs of both projects on their shared property at 1071 and 1051 Hospital Road.
Elected officials serving on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners’ ARPA special committee approved the funding allocation unanimously on Friday to get the ball rolling on the two projects. Both projects are separate but connected in a “domino effect,” because they share a property.
The community corrections building would be the largest of the two projects, with an estimated cost over $15.7 million, said Wes Harrison, the county commissioners’ project manager. A new building is expected to be about 32,000 square feet with two floors. The first floor would house community corrections, and the second would house adult probation, which is currently located on Jefferson Street in downtown Franklin.