Federal grants to the Puyallup Tribal Council amounting to more than $2.5 million will go to fund programs at a new tribal justice center they’ve been constructing since July, spokesman John Weymer said Thursday.
The center will be funded through a mix of federal and tribal dollars, and will house the court, police and jail, services that have been in portable buildings for some time, Weymer said.
According to the website for the project, the center at Portland Avenue East and 30th Street East will cost $8.8 million.
“We had a good sense that we had definitely received the grant,” Weymer said about the $2,586,479 from the federal Department of Justice, which was announced Wednesday. “We’ve been working on this (planning the center) for many years, at least three years it’s been.”
He said he thinks the center will open in February 2014.
An initial version of this story reported that the grant funding would be used for the construction of the new center. The Council spokesman clarified that, contrary to his initial understanding, the funding will be used for programs that will be housed in the new center, not the center itself.