KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A ground-breaking ceremony will take place 11 a.m. Friday for the new Juvenile Justice Center.
Come 2020, a new 47,000 square-foot facility will be opened.
The facility will also provide a safer environment for transporting inmates and a more secured area for Court Services employees.
It will be constructed directly behind the current Court Services Building on North Seventh Street.
The current Wyandotte County Correctional and Court Services building will still be used by Community Corrections and for other adult and court related services.
The new building will be used for juvenile detention, administration and programming.
County officials said this is being done to separate juveniles and adult offenders, and to prevent overcrowding.
The current arrangement creates challenges because juveniles occupy a large portion of a housing unit that could be used for adults.
It forces officials to have adult inmates transferred out to other facilities, which is expensive.
The new building will cost $27.2 million to construct.