Davidson County welcoming new sheriff’s office headquarters this May

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A new sheriff's office headquarters in Davidson County should be open this May.

The new building on U.S. 64 will have 47,000 square feet of space which should help in several different ways.

“Anybody who has been down and around our courthouse knows it gets extremely crowded down there and there's a lot more people than you might think would interact with the sheriff's office,” said Robert Hyatt, the county manager in Davidson County.

Hyatt said the additional space should help the county upgrade an old radio system used by firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement.

The new headquarters will also help the public. The most common reason people visit the sheriff’s office is for concealed gun permits. With its headquarters at the courthouse on W. Center Street there’s just not a lot of room for visitors.

The courthouse was built in the 1950s and the office has grown to keep up with the population. Hyatt believes the new facility will help reflect how much the area has grown.

“We're really excited about that it's a facility that we've needed for our law enforcement folks for a long period of time and it's finally coming to fruition,” said Hyatt.

The total cost of the new building is $10 million. That paid for the land, construction and the demolition of another building that was already there.