New justice center slated for Butte

2013-09-06T00:00:00Z New justice center slated for ButteBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

$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.

— Reporter John Grant Emeigh may be reached via email at or phone at 496-5511. Follow him at

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(6) Comments

  1. BHS8284
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    BHS8284 - September 06, 2013 3:57 pm
    I would think a more ideal place would be near one of Butte's interstate accesses, just seems logical to me I guess!
  2. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - September 06, 2013 11:25 am
    There should be a nice monument to season in front of it ! Where is the retirement veterans home that was suppose tone built by two Bears and the world high altitude speed skating center and knap weed growth center?
  3. jimnbubba
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    jimnbubba - September 06, 2013 8:22 am
    I thought the Highway patrol and driver licenseing was a state function, so Sesso says that Butte Siverbow is responsible for the state facility ?
  4. butteisthebestplaceonearth
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    butteisthebestplaceonearth - September 06, 2013 7:56 am
    Nice seventies architecture ! Why didn't they use chronically empty buildings like the stage store in the mall or the old buttreys store (copper mall) ? Plenty of existing empty spaces but that's too cost effective for butte silver now

  5. yetty
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    yetty - September 06, 2013 6:39 am
    Maxsmom,you read my mind.its hard to get a little bit of time off of work,at certain times of the week,seems like they are open when ever it's convenient for them.
  6. maxsmom
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    maxsmom - September 06, 2013 12:16 am
    Will they stay open more hours and days after this beautiful "Butte Justice Center " is built? That would be nice for the Drivers Examining office, I'm all for it if it does

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