Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries, who is also the chairman of the county’s Project Development Board, said that the work can now begin now that the board has hired JKS Architectural of Hopkinsville to oversee the project.
Madison Street will be closed for most of the next few weeks to allow the demolition work to take place, said Humphries, who added that while the demolition could take as long as a month, that road will be open on Sundays so that members of the nearby Christian Church can use it.
Most of the demolition work will be paid for by money left over from the construction of the Trigg County Justice Center, said Humphries.
Construction of the parking lot will include a green space near the front part that is close to Main Street, and there will need to be some work on the wall on the side of Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn’s office because that building is connected to the old circuit court clerk’s office, said Humphries.
In late October, the board purchased the Virginia Alexander Building for $40,000 from Virginia Alexander, the old Boggess Chevrolet Building was purchased for 80,000 from Kathryn Costello, who is listed as a trustee for John Preston White, and the old Court Clerk’s Office and District Court Building was purchased for $136,000 from Dennis and Linda Thomas, according to deeds from the Trigg County Clerk’s Office.
D.H. Green is the contractor in charge of the actual demolition, but earlier this month the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) approved a request to have JKS as the architectural firm that performs the demolition and various improvements as well as construction of the parking lot.
CMW Architectural of Lexington had been in charge of the demolition and improvements but at about the time of the last Project Development Board meeting decided to leave the project to JKS, which is a local firm.