The groundbreaking for Bibb Countys new Juvenile Justice Center is set for Friday, the county announced Tuesday.
The ceremony is planned to feature shiny shovels and a front-end loader ripping apart an unneeded building.
Bibb County spokesman Kevin Barrere said the groundbreaking ceremony will include large-scale demolition work that must be done to clear the site, between Oglethorpe Street and Hawthorne Street. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. along McKenna Avenue, which will be permanently closed and become part of the site. The new Thomas Jackson Juvenile Justice Center is being built with about $7 million from a sales tax initiative that voters passed in 2011.
The center is intended to help provide better coordination of courts, probation, rehabilitation and prevention services for juvenile offenders and children of abuse.
The building was designed by Cooper Carry Architects in conjunction with BTBB Inc.
Warren Associates Inc. is building the center.