Polk County Public Defender’s Office moving in this week

    Polk County Public Defender’s Office started their move into the renovated first floor of the Fournet Building on North Broadway Tuesday and building owner Jeff Evers gave the Times a tour before their U-Haul truck arrived. The transformation of the space which once housed Four Seasons clothing store impressed even Evers himself.

    The space now includes six offices, a conference room, file storage room, two new bathrooms, a data IT room, and reception area. The renovation took approximately three months and includes new LED lighting, electrical, two new furnaces, new flooring and other modern touches.

    “I talked with the Public Defender’s Office a while ago and they were looking for something bigger, so when they got close to the end of their lease we drew something up,” Evers explained.

    Evers said he was on vacation and literally took out a piece of paper and drew a first draft of the design. He said a Public Defenders office employee from Bemidji had her husband assist with the design as well.

    Second and third floor demolition of the Fournet is almost wrapped up, Evers added, and they’re starting to build the outside walls. The Public Defender’s Office will be moving to the third floor of the Fournet once it’s complete.