Westmoreland County commissioners approved bids to turn a former waste-to-energy plant into a forensics facility for the county coroner, detectives and forensic investigators.
The former plant was once used to burn garbage to create energy for nearby county buildings, including a nursing home, the prison and a juvenile detention center.
But that process was inefficient and the building has been largely unused for 15 years.
Commissioner Charles Anderson said it was a waste of a "hulk of a building sitting on prime real estate."
The building will be converted into a forensics facility that will house the county coroner, detectives and forensic investigators, county engineer Gary Vautard said.
Right now, those workers are scattered in different locations.
The commissioners said it will centralize those workers in one location with upgraded, roomier offices and labs.
The $1.1 million renovation will make good use of a building that's been underused since the late 1990s, Mr. Vautard said.
"It's going to bring it back to new life," he said.
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