Oregon, IL (WIFR) -- Ogle County is getting a brand new detention facility in the heart of Oregon after a four year journey to get the building plans approved. Members of the Ogle County Board broke ground today on the site of the new jail.
"It was fun, it really was,” said board chairman of long range planning, Don Griffin. “It doesn't matter what the weather is, it's just nice to just be able to get to this point in the project."
The new jail is being called the Ogle County Judicial Center Annex, and it has been in the works between the county, law enforcement and developers since 2015.
"It's a very intensive process to make sure you get the right product and that you spend the money wisely. That you don't over build and you don't under build, so it's been a very thoroughly competed project to this point just to make sure we do it right for the citizens," said Ogle County Sheriff Brian Vanvickle.
The current jail was built in 1969, and no longer meets state regulations. Once the new facility is complete, the old building will be slated for demolition.
The project is estimated to be finished in December of 2020 with a budget of $24 million.
The one story structure will house 152 prisoners and include exercise areas, administrative offices, kitchen and laundry areas as well as medical facilities.
"We want people to come into town, the people that live here, to not even realize the detention center is right in downtown,” added Sheriff Vanvickle. “And so that's what we've really pushed for with this project, is to make sure that it fits in the community and that it's pleasing to the citizens that live here in Oregon."