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Tulsa County Commissioners Move Ahead on New Family Justice Center

Tulsa County

Eight weeks after deciding the new family justice center will be built in the northwest corner of downtown, Tulsa County commissioners take the next step.

Chief Deputy Commissioner Michael Willis said they’ve started the process of hiring a construction manager.

"They're not necessarily the company that will actually build it, but they're the ones that oversee all of that," Willis said. "So, it's a little bit different than going out to bid for a contractor and have them submit a price on what it's going to cost to build your facility."

Commissioners accepted several bids and will choose a company within the next few weeks. The county has yet to close on their $5.6 million purchase of the 7 acre Storey Wrecker impound lot northwest of the sheriff's office. There are also some utility and alleyway issues to sort out.

"There are a lot of moving parts to it, but, certainly, we wanted to have the construction manager on board before we get the complete designs done through the architects so everyone can sort of be on the same page," Willis said.

The new family justice center should be completed in 2019.