County eyes finishing out courthouse’s third floor

Tue, 01/30/2007 - 4:56pm
By: John Thompson

Visitors to the Fayette County Justice Center are often in awe over the scope and size of the facility. But if visitors look closely, they’ll notice that the third floor of the center is vacant and unfinished.

That issue could soon be addressed by the Fayette County Commission. During last Thursday’s commission meeting, Commissioner Herb Frady said it’s time to look at finishing the third floor.

“We have a significant amount of money left over from the bond issue, and we’re also earning less interest on the money than we’re paying out,” he said.

Frady suggested staff do a study on the space requirements needed by the current occupants of the center and report back to the commission. Commissioner Eric Maxwell agreed with Frady.

“There are folks that need to be in the courthouse, such as the public defender,which we didn’t have when the center was built,” he said.

Commission Chairman Jack Smith took the issue one step further.

“I think we need to do a needs assessment for all county offices and get a handle on what our current and future space requirements are,” he said.

The staff pledged to work on the study and report back to the commissioners.

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