On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors cut the ribbon on the County's new Public Defense Services and Public Fiduciary building, located at the County's Justice Complex in Florence.
The building, which cost $11 million and took eighteen months to build, will house Public Defense Services, the Public Defender's Office, and the Public Fiduciary Department. At 38,000 sq. ft,, the building represents a significant improvement on the departments' previous spaces, with the Public Defender previously housed in the old Florence Hospital on Central Avenue. All the departments will benefit from the location of the new space, a short walk from the Courthouse and the County Detention facility, as well as the County Attorney Building, Sheriff's Office, and Public Health. The building even features a mock courtroom for defense attorneys to hone their skills. The architect of the building was Swan Architects, while Danson Construction built the facility.
Look out for a video on the new building in Saturday's round-up email.