Feb. 16, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - The provincial government has bought 10.23 hectares (25.72 acres) on which to build a new, $16-million corrections centre in Dalhousie. The departments of Supply and Services and Public Safety made the announcement today.
"A new corrections facility has been a development contemplated for the region for several years," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "The existing facility is well beyond its useful life and is in need of replacement to meet current correctional standards. Thanks to the capital budget announced in December, this project is coming to reality. The construction of this facility will provide much-needed economic activity for northern New Brunswick."
The purchase is being made for $60,100. The site is on Miller Boulevard in Dalhousie.
"This purchase takes us one step closer in this important initiative," said John W. Foran, minister of public safety and solicitor general. "We are already in the detailed design phase, and we have consulted with other jurisdictions to identify the latest design concepts for a modern facility that will ensure the safety of staff, inmates and the general public."
The centre will have five accommodation units comprised of 10 cells per unit. Other areas will include admitting and discharge, medical services, segregation, secure visitation, food services and facilities for administration and staff. Site preparation will begin this summer with construction expected to start in the fall. Construction should be completed in April 2011.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sharon Jones, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.