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PHILADELPHIA-The 13-story Allegheny County jail annex in Downtown Pittsburgh, which was vacated in 1995 when a new jail was opened, will be demolished to make way for construction of a $40-million, 200,000-sf, eight-story county office building. The county will consolidate numerous operations in the new facility, and, as part of the construction plan, also refurbish the county morgue.

Consolidation is expected to bring savings on rents in various current Downtown locations.

County forensic labs will occupy two floors of the new building. Among the other departments to be consolidated there are services for aging, behavioral, health, drug and alcohol, mental health and retardation, community relations and administration.

The Allegheny County Industrial Development Authority, which owns the annex, will also own the new building. Demolition begins next May, and occupancy of the new offices is scheduled for late 2005.

An earlier plan to demolish the annex was set aside when county officials began to study the potential savings of locating services under one roof.

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