Work has begun on demolishing the 1987 Bedford County Jail on Lane Parkway in Shelbyville.
Jail inmates were moved to the Bedford County Judicial Complex in January 2020, and the jail has remained empty since then. There are no specific plans for the site once demolition is complete other than as open space. Still, removing the jail will improve the view for visitors approaching the courthouse and the public square from the north—ongoing discussions of how the cleared site could support downtown activities, or parking exists.
This demolition project includes the 1987 jail and the house-like building that held offices next door.
The historic rock jail on the property, which dates back to the 1800s, will not be demolished and will remain a landmark and historic site.
The building at the corner of Lane Parkway and North Main Street, which once housed the sheriff’s office is still used as a juvenile detention facility.
Complete Demolition Services has the contract for the project.