Council hears update on Spartanburg Co. Courthouse

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Council got an update on plans to build a new courthouse after mold and other issues at the current facility.

Voters approved a penny sales tax to fund the project. 

Justice Planning Associates representative Mike Thomas told council during Monday’s meeting that they’re in the early design portion for phase one.

“You’ve got a lot of moving parts here over the next four years that you’ve got to make integrate well in order to meet your schedule for phase one,” said Thomas. 

He said it will take 22 to 24 months to design the new judicial center, a process that started in July. 

“As soon as you do that you’d like to have overlapped your construction a little bit on that site,” said Thomas. “You are going to displace your parking as soon as you start constructing the new courthouse on the existing site.”

He said jurors and courthouse workers may need a shuttle service while the parking lot is replaced by a parking garage. 

The plan calls for having employees move into the new courthouse around the third quarter of 2022.

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