Justice the Center of Attention in Bryan

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It's still months away, but the new Justice Center can't come soon enough for Bryan PD.

"The bottom line is we're out of space," said Assistant Chief Freddie Komar with Bryan PD. "Back in our detective's division, we're dividing up areas that were never meant to be divided."

So 60,000 square feet for the police and the municipal court allowing upwards of two decades of growth is a welcome thought. And even for a project up $2.5 million in cost but slightly down in size, getting of out of their bank-turned-department will still benefit them significantly.

"It was something that was talked about close to 20 years ago," said Komar, "and in fact, coming to this building was seen as an alternative to building a new one back then."

"We're actually ahead of schedule because of the good weather," Danny Krc, a coordinator on what he calls the biggest project in the city's history. No rain has meant no painful delays for workers, who have worked since just before Christmas. And despite the prominent downtown project, street shut-downs have been kept to a minimum.

"There may be some minor closures when the utilities are relocating on 29th Street and on Tabor Avenue," Krc said.

But that will be limited to single lane closures. Most of 30th Street will remain closed for the next three-to-four weeks while the contractor finishes his work. But Texas Avenue drivers shouldn't face any delays.

"We'll stay with the April completion date just in case there are some things that happen and the contractor does need to take the full time," Krc said.

Asbestos abatement on site was completed Friday. Construction is due to start in June, with completion in December of 2007 or January of 2008.

On a side note, Bryan's police department is in the process of being accredited, and officials at BPD say that in addition to the new-found space, the justice center will allow them to achieve and maintain accreditation.