Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
92 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079

Contact: Rita Shade Simpson, Clerk of the Board/Administrator

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April 9, 2002


SALEM -- The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders will dedicate the completion of the renovation of the Administrative Building on Friday, April 12th at 3:30 PM.

The Administrative Building, located at 94 Market Street, second phase rehabilitation now houses the Clerk of the Board/Administration, Data Processing, Board of Elections, Prosecutor's Narcotics Task Force, Purchasing, and Treasury. The first phase houses the offices of Engineering, Planning, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, and Weights and Measures.

"This building once held 65 jail cells. We were able to redesign this structure to create much needed office space and avoid costly, new construction," said Freeholder Facemyer. Facemyer oversaw the recent renovation. "This rehabilitation, which included high speed networked computers, strengthens our ability to provide effective government services to our citizens in the County seat of Salem City."

Freeholder Director Dave Sparks said, "This renovation continues our commitment to centralize government office functions within the County seat."

Freeholder Facemyer, now chairing the Judiciary Committee, commented that, "Public safety has increased due to transported inmates arriving and departing within the confines of the new Administration Building sally port." The port connects to the Court House through an underground tunnel.

Garrison Architects of Bala Cynwyd, PA and Polidoro and Brown Construction Co., Inc. of Sicklerville, NJ were awarded contracts for the $742,000.00 second phase rehabilitation.

The building was originally built in 1957-58 as the County jail to house 65 inmates. The building's jail usage was abandoned in 1994 with the 1997 first phase $1.8 Million rehabilitation removing the jail cells.

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