Walk on the wild side

There’s somethng about the smell of a new car, freshly-baked bread, a new juvenile hall…

Alameda County’s new Juvenile Justice Center will open later this year near the crest of Fairmont Drive in San Leandro, at a cost just slightly higher than the price of a White Castle hamburger. ($176 million and counting.)

And, county Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, in whose district the center is located, is hosting a tour of the 360-bed facility at 10 a.m. March 3.

Courtrooms, classrooms, offices and a library are in the new complex — for which the operative word is “secure,” used no fewer than five times in a county-issued fact sheet.

However, it’s unlikely the juvenile hall detainees will be ensconced in their new digs by then, so if you want to take a walk on the not-so-wild side, call (510) 278-0367 for information and tour reservations.