Commissioners OK changes for work-release site

March 1, 2019

Refitting a former state juvenile justice facility to house adults in an Allen County work-release program has proved costlier than expected.

County commissioners this morning approved another cost increase : this time for about 4 million.

The bulk of the money, $87,000, will go to re-plumbing part of the building after it was learned that showers were designed and built so they had to be turned off and on by staff in a centralizing monitoring station.

That set-up might have been effective and necessary for juveniles who could shower at set times. But because the work-release program houses adults who work different schedules, the system was not considered efficient or appropriate, commissioners were told.

Chris Cloud, commissioners’ chief of staff, said the change would leave more than $120,000 in a construction contingency fund.

Last year, the commissioners approved renovating the former Northeast Juvenile Correctional Facility at 7117 Venture Lane to house work release clients now housed in an approximately 100-year old, deteriorating building on the campus of Byron Health Center at 12101 Lima Road, north of Carroll Road.