AOC will purchase three downtown properties for Justice Center parking
by Franklin Clark --
Aug 26, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The state’s Administrative Office of the Courts will purchase the three buildings on Court Street in downtown Cadiz and will pay for their demolition, with the purpose of that space being used as a parking lot for the new Trigg County Justice Center.

By a vote of 5–0, the county’s Project Development Board voted to make that happen when they met Friday at the Trigg County Courthouse basement. Brad Smith of AOC said the board could have the buildings demolished for between $60,000 and $70,000, but also said that the price for buildings was not yet public.

What kind of parking lot will be built, and where that funding will come from, has not yet been decided. Project Development Board Member Geneva Parris abstained from the vote because she was concerned about having some green space on the parking lot.

It was said that the county, and possibly the city, might have to pay for the actual paving of the parking lot. Smith said that finishing work on the justice center was the top priority at the moment.

“The best case scenario would obviously be for the AOC to provide funding to complete the entirety of the project,” said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries.

Construction Manager David Welker of Codell Construction told the board he had the buildings inspected for asbestos, and it was found that there was only a very small amount in any of the buildings.

Trigg County Magistrate Jon Goodwin said he had talked with every other magistrate on the Fiscal Court, and that every magistrate, himself included, was in favor of the parking lot project.

“It would be a waste to pass up this kind of opportunity,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin added that he thinks there is the possibility of a parking lot with green space for less than what was proposed at the previous project development board meeting. The estimated cost of the parking lot proposed by architectural firm CMW was $290,000.

Trigg County Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall said that while he didn’t like for any building to be torn down, the parking spaces that would be made possible by the demolition are absolutely necessary.

The object of preserving Main Street, Woodall added, is to keep it vital, and additional parking would help with that goal.

Last week, the old jail was demolished to make way for another parking lot, and it has been said that there could be 10 parking spaces on that lot when it’s finished. It has also been estimated that once the buildings on Court Street are demolished, there could be room for 20 spaces.

The date of the dedication ceremony has also been changed. Due to a scheduling conflict, the board voted to have the dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Humphries said the road will be blocked off for the ceremony.

Trigg County Circuit Court Clerk Pam Perry also brought up the issue of where the results of the special election on the alcohol issue, held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, would be announced. Woodall said the results could be announced in the Circuit or District Courtrooms in the new justice center.

In other business, the board also paid its monthly bills and approved some change orders.
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