County days away from purchase of BCBS building

The long process of moving the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center is nearing its next phase.

With the current jail overcrowded and outdated, voters approved last fall a levy that paved the way for upgrades and renovations. In order to move forward, though, the Helena Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office needed to find a new home, as all space in the Law Enforcement Center will be converted and used to hold more inmates.

Now, the county is days away from finalizing a deal to purchase the old Blue Cross Blue Shield building in downtown Helena. And, according to county commissioner Susan Good-Giese, the physical move into that building may begin inside a month.