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New Aiken Public Safety headquarters nearly finished

December 23, 2018 GMT

Construction of the new Aiken Department of Public Safety headquarters is nearing completion, which is causing a growing excitement amongst the community and local law enforcement.

The new J. Carrol Busbee Headquarters, 843 Beaufort St. N.E., has really taken shape and looks like it could be open for business.

“We are on track to have the new building open and functioning by April 2019,” said Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco. “All the hard work is really paying off, and the design of the building is really coming to fruition.”

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the new headquarters is still scheduled for April 19, 2019.

“Furniture is already getting moved in as of this week,” Barranco said. “Basically, we’re just tying up some last loose ends and the building will be ready for us to move in.”

The developer for the new facility is Southeastern Development and the general contractor is R.W. Allen. Work on the multi-million dollar project officially began April 16, 2018.

Barranco said he meets every other week with Jason Long, vice president of Southeastern Development, and the different teams working on the project to make sure everything is in order.

Anyone passing by the location will notice the outside facade looking more and more like the picture on the sign facing the street showing everyone what the final product is expected to look like.

The building was previously a Food Lion and it was decided to use as the basic structure of the building instead of starting from scratch.

“There is definitely an excitement to be felt from us here at Aiken Public Safety and the community,” Barranco said. “I really cannot wait for it to be finalized and done – so we can open it up to the public.”