Years of planning and hard work have paid off for the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. Construction has started on the new administration building across from the Sandy Point jail facility, and the sheriff's department is already counting down the days to move in.
A dream has become a reality for Brazos County.
"It's really exciting and all of our staff are just beside themselves they wish they were moving in today," Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.
Tuesday Sheriff Kirk unveiled the design for the Sheriff's administration building that's already underway.
The reason for the construction? Lack of space.
"We're working in a space right now that is very close and puts us in closets and space that wasn't ever intended to be offices," Kirk said.
Currently sheriff departments are spread out, some housed in the courthouse, others at the Brazos County Jail, and at the detention center. The new building will put all of the offices under one roof.
The facility the sheriff's office occupies in the courthouse is 6500 square feet the administration building will be 28,000 square feet.
The 6.5 million dollar project will be built to handle growth over the next 15 years. And when the sheriff's office moves out, it will leave the courthouse with space for future courtrooms and offices.
"It’s going to be a great pleasure to work in an office that has the space that we need," Kirk said.
The building should be completed in 12 to 14 months.
The jail at the Brazos County Courthouse will stay where it is for now. The sheriff's office hopes to build a jail next to the new administration building in the future.
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