Shovels could hit the ground as early as May 2018 for the new Red Deer Justice Centre.
Premier Rachel Notley, Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason, and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley were in Red Deer on Thursday to formally announce the project.
The provincial budget delivered on March 16 included $97 million over four years for a new Red Deer courthouse.
“The new Red Deer Justice Centre will resolve a long-standing space shortage in the community and ensure vital justice services are delivered effectively to residents of central Alberta,” Notley said Thursday.
The new facility will increase the number of courtrooms from seven to 12, with the potential to expand to 16. It will also feature a Resolution Services wing to provide dispute resolution, civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.
Traffic court, which has operated out of the Baymont Inn and Suites (Red Deer Lodge, formerly) for the past three years, will also be brought back under the same roof as all other court services.
The next step in the process is to secure land and begin design work. Mason is confident that the new justice centre will be built where the former downtown RCMP building currently sits, a site the City has been saving since 2011, and will be up and running within five years.
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