April 8, 2009
SHEDIAC (CNB) - The provincial government has announced plans to construct a new, $40-million correctional centre to serve the southeastern part of the province. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran made the announcement today.
"We're committed to starting work on this project very quickly," said Doherty. "With the acquisition of this property we expect there will be some activity on the site within weeks, and the first tenders for full site preparation and construction will go out this fall."
The new 8,156-square-metre (90,629-sq.-ft.) facility will include three accommodation units, each containing 30 cells. Other areas will include admitting and discharge, medical services, program rooms, segregation, secure visitation, food services and facilities for administration and staff. The centre will be located on a 24-hectare (62-acre) property on Lino Road. The land was purchased for $112,500.
"Replacing the Moncton Detention Centre has been a priority for some time, and we are very pleased to take the next step in this important project," said Foran. "Within two years we will have a safe, modern, environmentally friendly facility that meets the needs of our provincial correctional system."
Part of government's Green Buildings Program, the correctional centre will be designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and registered with the Canada Green Buildings Council.
Preliminary design work is underway. Construction is expected to begin in the fall, and completion is expected in spring 2011.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.