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Chatham County invites public to groundbreaking for new judicial center

Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Board of Commissioners and court officials announce the official groundbreaking of the new Judicial Center in Pittsboro on May 5, at 4 pm near the intersection of US 15-501 South and Chatham Street, just south of the traffic circle in downtown Pittsboro.

“We invite the public to participate in this important event,” said Commissioner Chairman Brian Bock. “When finished, the Judicial Center will meet a backlog of court space needs and provide higher levels of security than we were able to do at the older facilities.”

The new Judicial Center was already slated to be built when a fire severely damaged the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, which housed Superior Court and an array of court offices. Due to the fire, Superior Court proceedings and many court offices were moved to temporary locations throughout downtown Pittsboro.

“It will enhance the efficiency and security of court operations to bring all the offices and proceedings together under one roof,” said Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour.

The new facility will have 87,093 square feet and will house courtrooms and offices for Superior Court and District Court as well as offices for court-related staff, such as Clerk of Court, District Attorney, Probation Services, Magistrate, Public Defender and others.

Clancy and Theys Construction will build the Judicial Center, at a projected cost of $17.8 million, which is about $2 million less than originally budgeted. A long-term loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help finance the facility at a low interest rate.

The groundbreaking will include a brief opening ceremony with comments from county and court officials. Due to pre-construction work already underway in the area, attendees should allow ample time to find parking for the event. Limited parking will be available behind the Courthouse Annex and along US 15/501 South in designated areas.

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