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Northeast Government Center Site Prepared for Construction

Published on Feb 16, 2021

A giant mound of dirt left behind by the digging of retention ponds on vacant property near Haines City is all that stands now on what will eventually become the Northeast Government Center.

But that will soon begin to change in the coming weeks as crews arrive at the site and to begin construction on the $21 million facility.

This center, which will replace the Gil Jones Center, will offer a number of services, such as courts, probation offices, new satellite offices for the Tax Collector and Property Appraiser, in a convenient way for those customers in East Polk. Once completed, the building will be about 70,000 square feet.

Currently, contractors are prepping the site for construction, Facilities Director Keith Tate said. That includes the survey work and getting the silt fencing up. It’s moving forward.

Tate said he expects to have received all projected costs in the coming weeks, then have a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners on March 16 for an approval for vertical construction. As of right now, it appears all of the estimates are falling within the project’s $27.2 million budget. That budget includes land acquisition, architecture, permitting and vertical construction.

Polk County’s Roads and Drainage Division also will begin widening the roads to access the site, Tate said. “We are looking at mid-2022 of having a new Northeast government center at the site. That’s the goal.”

Throughout the project, a time lapse video will record the progress of the project as the site progresses through its development. This video footage will be shared periodically during Board meetings and the county’s social media pages.