VOL. 132 | NO. 143 | Thursday, July 20, 2017
County Pulls Permit for New Rape Crisis-Crime Victims Center
By Bill Dries
Shelby County government is about to begin a renovation of the former Shelby County Forensic Center building at 1060 Madison Avenue to convert it into the new offices of the Rape Crisis Center and the Crime Victims Center.
Both agencies are currently in leased office space.
Jaycon Development Corp. applied Thursday, July 20, for a $4 million building permit.
The 1920s-era building was originally the Memphis Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital and still bears the buildings original title on the Madison Avenue side. It was later converted to the forensic center, closing in 2012 when the county opened the new Regional Forensic Center on Poplar Avenue.
The Shelby County Commission approved the $4 million contract with Jaycon at its June 12 meeting with capital funding from the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30.
The cost represents an $800,000 increase from original estimates to add completion of the brick structure’s fourth floor.