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VOL. 132 | NO. 200 | Monday, October 9, 2017

County Prepares to Begin Total Renovation of CJC

By Bill Dries

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With the Memphis Police Department’s move into Civic Center Plaza from its long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.

The 37-year old Criminal Justice Center begins a total renovation next year now that the Memphis Police Department has moved out of the building to the Civic Center Plaza. The move allows the renovation project to get underway as works on different floors are relocated to other areas. (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

The county applied for a $17 million building permit late last week that covers the first three of seven construction phases.

The police department moved its headquarters earlier this year to 170 N. Main St., the former Donnelly J. Hill State Office Building, and the space it left behind at 201 Poplar allows the overall renovation of the CJC to begin. The renovation project will occur two floors at a time and relocate staff on floors being renovated to other areas of the building while the work is underway.

The overall renovation includes electrical improvements, a more efficient use of office space, asbestos abatement, upgrades for the Americans with Disabilities Act and will bring the circa-1980 CJC into compliance with current high rise building code conditions, said Shelby County Public Works director Tom Needham.

As the county pulled the permit last week, plans for the first three phases went to the local code enforcement office for review. Bids will follow early next year.

The design firm on the project is Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 56 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 49 49 10,665
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,289
BUILDING PERMITS 212 212 21,170
BANKRUPTCIES 49 49 6,157
BUSINESS LICENSES 34 34 3,973
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 2,892
MARRIAGE LICENSES 28 28 2,049