The Justice Center Task Force announced last week that a parcel within the Railyard development is the second site under consideration for construction of a new justice facility.

During the monthly Justice Center Task Force meeting May 20, legal adviser Katy Welter said that the owners of the until-recently confidential location gave permission to go public with the potential site.

The site, which was also considered in 2016 when the Justice Center appeared as a ballot measure, is a strong candidate, Welter said.

A six-to-eight acre parcel along the northern boundary of the development would make for simple placement of a new justice center with infrastructure already in place, including power and internet access, she said.

Welter also highlighted the size of the parcel within the project and the location of the development as reasons that the site is an appealing option to house the new justice center.

Though the specific parcel within the development was not identified during the meeting, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners said they will move forward with due diligence assessments at the site.

The lot owned by Union Pacific Railroad at Harrison Avenue and Monroe Street is also still under consideration.

The Justice Center Task Force did not return a request for comment on the matter from the Herald.

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