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Juvenile Detention Center set to open in August

April 02, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

The Western Maryland Juvenile Detention Center on Roxbury Road is expected to be open in August, about one year after contractors broke ground on the 24-bed, $7.3 million facility.

The project is on schedule with three months of construction to go, said Lee Towers, spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

"It's going according to plan. There's been no report of any hassles," Towers said.

The general contractor, Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner, has completed most of the main building, said Towers.

The new detention center will replace an existing eight-bed facility in Hagerstown. The old holdover facility at 201 Jonathan St. most likely will be sold, according to county officials.

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About 30 people will work at the juvenile detention center, near the prison complex south of Hagerstown.

The approximately 28,000-square-foot facility will have intake, assessment, dietary and administrative space, as well as a fenced outdoor recreation space, Towers said.

Boys and girls from Washington, Garrett and Allegany counties who have been arrested and are ordered to be placed in detention while they await adjudication would be taken to the facility, said Towers.

It also would house juveniles who otherwise would be sent to the Alfred D. Noyes Center in Rockville, Md., which is a long drive for family members who live in Western Maryland, he said.

One of the reasons for building the juvenile facility is to keep detained juveniles closer to their families and to where they are to appear in court, said Towers.

"We want families to stay involved," Towers said.

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