Contract approved for new juvenile justice center

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Division Of Juvenile Justice located on N. 4th Street in Wilmington. (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A law will go into effect in North Carolina next year which keeps teenagers who commit non-violent crimes from being tried as an adult.

With more juveniles in the system, New Hanover County will need more space.

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New Hanover County Commissioners voted Monday morning to approve a contract for the new juvenile justice facility.

The current facility on North 4th Street will be torn down and replaced with a new three story building.

The 35,000 square foot facility will house the juvenile justice court rooms and other court-related offices.

The maximum cost of the project is nearly $13,865,000.