Trigg County’s Project Development Board, at its meeting last Wednesday, unanimously approved a plan for a parking lot next to the Trigg County Justice Center, with some modifications that the board made. Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, who also chairs the board, said the plan includes some much-needed green space.
Richard Mitchell of Codell Construction gave a presentation to the board about the proposed plan for the new parking lot. The drawing showed 19 parking spaces, including four handicapped spots, with two entrances, one on the side of the church and one on the side of the justice center.
D.H. Green is responsible for the demolition of the three buildings and the construction of the new parking lot, while Codell Construction is the Construction Manger of the project, Humphries said.
Once the wall of Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn’s office building is refinished, some local groups could come up with ideas for a mural, Humphries said.
“There’s a big opportunity for something nice on that wall,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell floated the idea of leaving only the entrance on the side of the church and adding more spots and green space and a walk through. Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III said that sounded like a good idea.
Board member Geneva Parris said it didn’t look like there was a lot of green space in the drawing, but Brad Smith of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) argued that there wouldn’t be room for enough parking spaces if there was more green space.
Mitchell said the AOC is prepared to give the board $5,000, which will go toward landscaping and benches, and added that four light posts are left over from the construction of the justice center.
Currently, there isn’t an exact figure for how much construction of the parking lot will cost, nor are there any estimates for when said construction can begin or when it will be finished, but it is hoped that the it can be completed “as soon as possible,” said Humphries.
The plans have to meet the AOC’s guidelines, but since the same the contractors that were involved in the construction of the Justice Center are involved with the parking lot, there might not be any need to re-bid for the project, Humphries said, adding that not re-bidding the project would save a lot of time.
“This is a part of the overall justice center project, and unused moneys and contingency moneys from the justice center will likely be used,” said Humphries.