Northern Campus groundbreaking

The Orange County Northern Campus groundbreaking took place Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

On Thursday morning, officials from the Orange County government and the Town of Hillsborough gathered at 1200 Highway 70 West in Hillsborough, for the Orange County Northern Campus groundbreaking.

The groundbreaking for the site occurred at 11 a.m., with Orange County Chair Penny Rich and Sheriff Charles Blackwood among those who spoke.

The site, which includes a Detention Center, an Environment and Agriculture Center and a new Parks Operation Base, is expected to be fully completed by May 9, 2021, according to the Orange County government release.

In February 2019, the Board of Orange County Commissioners designated a budget for the project totaling $40.2 million. 

The Detention Center, which replaces the current building located in downtown Hillsborough, will take up approximately 48,900 square feet and hold 144 beds. The Environment and Agriculture Center replaces the current facility on Revere Road. Meanwhile, the Parks Operation Base will be an 8,500 square-foot building used primarily for office space and equipment storage.