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County expects summer opening of new law enforcement facility

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OXFORD The highly anticipated opening of the $31 million Granville County Law Enforcement Center is on schedule with the projected move-in date for the Sheriff’s Office set for July 1, officials said.

The animal shelter portion of the project is set to open later in the year.

According to Scott Phillips, director of development services with the county, the work on the project is on target. Most of the construction should wrap up in April or Mary and the interior should be furnished and detailed in May or June.

The 88,000-square-foot facility, which broke ground last March, will house the Granville County Sheriff’s Office, the 911 emergency communications center and a new jail. The complex is on New Commerce Drive in Oxford.

Once completed, the detention center will house 176 beds for men and women, but will have room up to 250 beds in the future.

The existing detention facility was built in the late 1960s and early 1970s with an update in the 1990s. The facility was designed to hold 80 inmates, but has housed up to 125 inmates.

The jail is expected to transition into the new facility by December.

Because the existing animal control center doesn’t have enough capacity for animals, the Granville County Board of Commissioners voted to build a new facility adjacent to the new law enforcement center. The new center will double the space for animals, allowing space for 40-60 dogs and 40-60 cats.

“The new facility will allow us to do our job 10 times better than we do it now,” Matt Katz, animal management director, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“The new shelter will double the size of our current shelter and we will be better able to address animal welfare issues,” he added. “There will be a larger outdoor space for livestock that have been picked up.”

The animal shelter is scheduled to move into its new facility in September.