El Paso County to break ground on $2.6 million Northwest annex facility
EL PASO (KTSM) — It's been years in the making and finally Thursday, El Paso County will break ground on a new multi-million dollar annex building in Vinton.
Late commissioner Dan Haggerty started the plans in 2007 and his plans are finally becoming a reality.
It will house the Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Constable's Office for Precinct 7, El Paso County Sheriff's Substation and adult probation office. The departments are currently in different locations.
"We've put all of our county functions in one easy-to-use facility," said Precinct 4 Commissioner Patrick Abeln.
It will make life easier for the county and residents.
"I think what's even more important is consolidating facilities so that people know where the sheriff’s substation is. They know where the JP (Justice of the Peace) Courts are. That there's not a variety of one stop locations spread out," said Abeln.
It will also save a lot of money.
"By consolidating them, we save money by avoiding a number of costly leases," said Abeln.
The 1,700 square foot facility will allow future expansion in the Northwest.
"We know that part of the county is going to grow tremendously," said Abeln.
Commissioner Abeln said the $2.6 million it cost to build the annex is coming from the county's general fund.
The annex is scheduled to be complete in June 2014.
The groundbreaking ceremony is at 431 Vinton Road at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.