The new Cabarrus County Detention Center at 30 Corban Ave. South in downtown Concord is scheduled to begin housing inmates the week of June 20.
The facility has 569 inmate beds. The total capacity is 665 inmates, including beds at the jail annex next door.
The current Cabarrus County Jail books 300 to 325 suspects each day and houses about 7,000 inmates a year, an average of 583 per month, county officials said last week in announcing the expected opening of the new jail.
Inmates arrested by the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, Concord and Kannapolis police departments, the N.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are taken to the jail.
About 90 detention officers and staff will be assigned to the new detention center's inmate pods, 33 to booking and intake and 15 to support services such as classification, medical, laundry and warehouse.
The county offered guided tours of the detention center Thursday and open tours Friday.
County officials also announced that all inmate visits will be conducted through video visitation, which can be scheduled at visitation.cabarruslaw.us/app.
Visits also can be scheduled at a computer kiosk in the lobby of the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Inmates can be visited from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with at least 24 hours' notice.
Bridge over Wolf Meadow Creek to be replaced
CONCORD The bridge on Roberta Road over Wolf Meadow Creek will be closed for six months as state crews work to replace it beginning Monday.
The work is expected to take until mid-October.
Motorists should follow the posted detour of Old Charlotte Road, N.C. 49 and Stough Road back to Roberta Road.
Mooresville lays out road priorities
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to ask the state Department of Transportation to keep six local road projects as priorities in its long-range Transportation Improvement Program.
The commissioners didn't rank the projects and said endorsing them doesn't commit the town to paying for them.
Widening Interstate 77 from N.C. 73 in Huntersville to Interstate 40 in Statesville.
Widening N.C. 150 from I-77 west to Lincolnton.
Building an I-77 interchange at Cornelius Road, with related roadway improvements and extension of the road to N.C. 115 at Mazeppa Road. At the board's June 3 meeting, Commissioner Mitch Abraham said he'd like to see this project become the town's No. 1 road improvement priority.
Commissioner Mac Herring said the project would improve access to the town's industrial parks and to America's Park, the planned national youth baseball complex off nearby Rankin Hill Road.
Widening Brawley School Road to four lanes from Talbert Road to U.S. 21.
Building an east-west connector road from Langtree Road to Shearers Road and improving Rocky River Road to N.C. 3.
Constructing a "flyover" road over I-77 linking Alcove Road on the west side of the interstate with Fairview Road on the east side.
Commissioner Chris Carney questioned whether the flyover road was still important given the new I-77 Exit 31 at Langtree Road. Abraham replied that the flyover would improve overall traffic flow from I-77 Exit 33 and to the south.
Developer of old mill gets permit to expand
MOORESVILLE Developer Michael Bay of Concord Development Group received a permit last week for phase II of his revitalization plans for the old Mooresville Mills complex off South Main Street.
Bay recently opened one of his Merinos Home Furnishings outlets in an old mill building he spent months renovating at 500 S. Main St. He operates other Merinos stores in old mill buildings he refurbished in South Carolina and Georgia.
Phase II of his Mooresville project contains about 178,000 square feet that Bay intends to turn into additional retail space.
After a public hearing last week, the Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to give Bay the permit.