GALLIPOLIS — Seemingly out of nowhere, the Gallipolis City Justice Center has grown over the past several months to encompass the space at 518 Second Avenue and, while the shell of the facility is far from complete, city officials opened the building on Tuesday evening for an initial tour.
Gallipolis Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer Mike Smith, Gallipolis City Police Chief Clint Patterson and Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney led the tour of the approximately 12,000 square foot structure while discussing the layout and features of the facility that will house the Gallipolis Municipal Court, Gallipolis Police Department and Gallipolis City Solicitor’s Office.
Construction on the “justice center,” as it is called by city officials, began in late October, and, according to Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney, the building should be completely sealed by week’s end.
“They have made a lot of progress, and the building is pretty much secure. Probably by the end of the week, we should be able to completely secure the building so no one can gain access to it,” Finney said. “It’s coming along very well.”
Currently, the “police side” of the facility has been dry walled, and workers are continuing to construct the metal framed walls on the “court side” of the facility. According to Finney, the process of installing insulation in that larger portion of the facility will begin in the coming days.
Project Engineer Randy Breech reported that the building is now approximately 53-55 percent constructed, and the latest projected completion date for the facility now rests at the end of August 2012.