Albemarle County is planning on constructing a new court house to better serve the General District Court. The county conducted a court study to determine the best option for the new court changes. Construction could cost between forty and fifty-five million dollars depending on the decision that is reached during Wednesday’s meeting with the board of supervisors.
The county has come up with a few options that they will give to the board of supervisors to decide on during Wednesday’s meeting.
“Our recommendation is to consider two options: one would be that downtown renovation option where we keep the court functions downtown, the downside in our initial analysis really is parking,” says Trevor Henry, Director of Office Facilities Development in Albemarle County. “The other option would be splitting out the functions, keeping the circuit court in the renovated historic court house and moving general district out to a Greenfield site, such as Mill Creek.”
If they choose to move the general district court to the mill creek property they would have more flexibility with parking and building design.
“We are going to have a need for additional court space so that is what prompted us to look in to it in the beginning,” says Board Supervisor Ken Boyd. “All we did was approve if they could bring in consultants to do a study on what the court needs and this is the first report back to us.”
“There are two different estimates, because they are looking at a couple different alternatives,” says Boyd. “The biggest thing that bothers me is that there could be a five to fifteen dollar discrepancy depending on which option they select.”
Construction for the new court could take place as early as two thousand sixteen and the county is planning on moving the general district court to the new building.