OLATHE — Johnson County’s new Youth and Family Services Center is ready to open in west Olathe as a beacon of hope for juvenile offenders to get back on the path to making positive choices.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13 at the project site located near the intersection of North Marion and West Spruce streets, and north of the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Featured speakers at the public ceremony  included:
• David Lindstrom, vice Chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners;
• Betsy Gillespie, director of the Department of Corrections;
• Joe Waters, director of the Facilities Department;
• Dirk Schafer of JE Dunn Construction Company, Kansas City, Mo., construction manager of  the project; and,
• Dan Rowe of Treanor Architects P.A., Topeka, designer of the new facility.
County Manager Hannes Zacharias served as emcee for the event.
“It’s more than bricks and mortar.” Chairman Ed Eilert said. “It’s about helping troubled kids to become productive members of our community.”
Construction of the Youth and Family Services Center began in September 2009.