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BernCo to Demolish Old Jail - Lot to Become County Parking

01/12/2021

Bernalillo County commissioners approved the award of the demolition contract for the Regional Correctional Center to Guzman Construction Solutions.

The demolition of the old jail, at Fifth and Roma, will be completed using a controlled, non-explosive demotion process.

Based on Bernalillo County Fleet and Facilities Department evaluations, the costs of renovation, updates to building systems, and repurposing of the facility were not feasible due to the building’s age and condition.

“Following its use as a correctional center, the old jail had a good run at producing some revenues in other capacities,” says Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.  “But the revenue is not enough to sustain the building that has become dilapidated and in ill-repair.”

Once the building is removed, the lot will be leveled and 149 parking spaces will be created and used for county fleet vehicles.

Demolition and creation of the parking area is expected to begin in about 4 weeks and will take an estimated 10 months to complete at a cost of roughly $2.4 million.

The commission approved the contract on a 5 – 0 vote.

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