Groundbreaking set for Warren County Justice Center

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A groundbreaking for the Warren County Justice Center is scheduled for March 31 on the Indianola square.

The roughly 80,000-square-foot facility is expected be completed in 18 to 19 months and house four courtrooms and a jail with up to 88 beds. There will also be roughed out spaces to help limit the cost for additional expansion in the future.

The approved plan is a trimmed down version of the original design, which yielded bids more than $7 million higher than anticipated. Voters rejected approving an additional $3.5 million last fall, forcing the county to cut costs.

The board of supervisors approved the revised project last month.

The original courthouse building was demolished in May 2019 after the facility developed health issues from mold and other problems.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.