The Transylvania Times -

Courthouse Back On County's Agenda


October 9, 2017

After more than a year out of the public spotlight, the county courthouse and its future will again be discussed by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners.

A review of options for the courthouse and financing scenarios will be presented during the commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.

In 2015, the county was presented three possible designs for a new 61,000-square-foot courthouse, with a cost estimate of roughly $22.5 million, on Morris Road in Brevard adjacent to the public safety facility.

Updated current construction costs have increased the price tag to about $26 million.

Another option that has been discussed was to build a 34,000-square-foot addition to the current downtown courthouse facility, plus the renovation of 1,600 square feet. In 2013, the price for that work was $11 million. Including a new parking deck in the plan would represent a total cost of about $16 million.

There has also been much back and forth in the community about what to do with the courthouse. Safety concerns have been at the heart of the criticism of the current courthouse operations, while others worry that moving courthouse operations would have a negative economic impact on downtown.

The commissioners’ Tuesday meeting is at 9 a.m. in the administration building and is open to the public.


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