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Out with the old

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 8:00 am

Bedford County Government Photo

Work has begun on demolition of the 1987 county jail on Lane Parkway in Shelbyville. Jail inmates were moved to the Bedford County Judicial Complex off of U.S. 231 North in January 2020, and the jail has remained empty since that time. There are no specific plans for the site once demolition is complete, other than remaining as open space. However, removal of the jail will improve the view for visitors approaching the courthouse and the public square from the north. There are ongoing discussions of how the cleared site could support downtown activities or parking. This demolition project includes the 1987 jail and the house-like building that held offices next door.

The historic rock jail on the property, which dates back to the 1860s, will not be demolished and will remain as a landmark and historic site.

The building at the corner of Lane Parkway and North Main Street which once housed the sheriff’s office is still in use as a juvenile detention facility.

Complete Demolition Services has the contract for the project.