$3.5M building replaces patrol facility on Wynne Ave.
A new $3.5 million building housing an office of the Montana Highway Patrol, Butte’s emergency services and the driver’s license station is expected to be built by next summer.
The building — called the Butte Justice Center — will replace the 40-year-old structure at 3615 Wynne Ave. The new facility is more than double the size of the current building, which is less than 1,000 square feet, and will be built at the same site.
Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Becker said the new office will provide more space for in-house training and conducting daily business. Fourteen troopers work out of that office, Becker said.
Becker also said the new facility will have upgraded electronic capabilities that the current office lacks. A vehicle bay will accommodate three patrol cars.
Butte’s Emergency Management Agency will move from the county
courthouse to the Butte Justice Center.
The licensing station will have an office space that is about the size of the current facility.
Butte’s planning director Jon Sesso credited the city’s former emergency management director Roger Ebner for securing initial money for the project about three years ago. Ebner took a job in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this year. The county is reviewing applicants to fill that job.
Butte-Silver Bow also secured Montana Department of Justice money through the Legislature. The county matched the money with local and federal grants.
Sesso said the justice center should be ready by August 2014.
“We’re anxious to get the bidding out and get to work on the project,” he said.
Meanwhile, the highway patrol office will relocate to the county health department,
25 W. Front St., possibly at the end of September.
The drivers license office will move to the Tamarack Square shopping center in the 3700 block of Harrison Avenue.
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