Construction is well under way on Gardner’s new Justice Center at 167th and Moonlight, which will house the police department and municipal court. It is expected to open Summer, 2019. Photo courtesy Gardner Police Department
Countdown for completion of Gardner’s new justice center is on track.
Gardner voters approved a new justice center by about 71 percent and issued 13.75 million in bonds to construct the facility near 167th and Moonlight in August of 2017.
It will house both the police department and municipal court.
Originally scheduled to open in August, 2019, it may squeak up to July, according to Sgt. Steve Benz, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department.
“I recall originally hearing of an August, 2019 opening, but I am now told July of 2019 is probably more accurate,” Benz said. The current police facility is aged and deteriorating, and with Gardner’s population growth, space is no longer adequate. The municipal court has never had a dedicated space and has always been conducted in city council chambers. On any given court date, there may be up to 300 people on the docket.
“The officers and staff are thrilled that the project is going so quickly,” Benz said.
According to the Notice of Bond Election on the city website, the city will make projected payments of $950,000 annually for 20 years. The estimated average interest rate is 3.40 percent.