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September 21, 2021


  Juvenile facility entrance, overview. Community development offices, and Public Health building   CHEHALIS – What’s happening in the several block area, south of downtown Chehalis near the Historic Lewis County Courthouse and Law and Justice Center?  It’s a new Lewis County government campus taking shape. County Internal Services Chief Steve Wohld gave the county commissioners a words eye and conceptual drawing look at what’s to come. The county has been acquiring land and buildings and completed some demolition. The Lewis County Health Department is getting repairs completed after an accidental water leak and flooding of the third floor of their building. County Community Development and Public Works will get new digs with the latter moving into the former Main Street Professional building. The more extensive update will be with the Juvenile Court facility. Wohld told the commissioners Monday, “I believe it is the oldest unrenovated juvenile detention facility in the state.” During renovation, he said, “We are going to address various problems with the building function wise, and safety wise.” There may even be some new outdoor areas connecting all public services and offices, and green grants to pay for ways to save on future energy costs. County Manager Erik Martin added that there are many positives from what will come of the area, adding, “We’re going to receive some beneficial results and I think the City of Chehalis is excited about the renovation of their downtown that they’re going to see.” A one-stop public service stop for citizens. “community development is going to start to take all the permits that public works used to process. The customer will have one place to go to do all of their permitting, a building permit or a planning review”, Martin added. Construction equipment is beginning to show up on the various sites. What has been a vision for many years will still take a few more years to complete.

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