MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An architectural firm will begin reviewing the 201 Poplar building ahead of major renovations, county officials said Monday.
Shelby County officials hired Evans Taylor Foster Childress on a $426,000 contract to take inventory of the justice center, according to Shelby County public affairs officer Steve Shular.
Officials need to know the exact building schematics and locations of utilities before renovations -- budgeted for $16.3 million -- can begin.
Right now, the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center is home to city and county courtrooms along with space for prosecutors, the sheriff's office and the Memphis Police Department. It first opened in 1981.
The police department already has plans to move out of 201 Poplar and into a vacant state office building, ultimately saving $85,000 a month in rent paid to the county.