Mitchell said he was hopeful that he would get approval from the council to use the lot for keeping construction equipment and supplies because it is a central location to the courthouse site. It remains to be seen how much of the lot they may be able to use.
“We’ll try to get as much as we can, as much as [the council] will let me have,” he said. “If they give us 75 percent, we’ll take it. We’re open to negotiations.”
If the council approves the use of the lot, it will be paved after the construction is over, Mitchell said.
“No one wants to donate their lot for free, and we want to be a good neighbor more than anything else,” he said.
Mayor Lyn Bailey said that he wanted to support the Justice Center project any way he could.
“We’re very excited about this $10 million building,” he said. “The structure will be a draw to downtown. This unique building is going to be unbelievable.”
Besides securing a staging area for construction, the AOC will also have to find a temporary space to hold circuit court. Mitchell said he is looking for a building that could hold a courtroom and four or five smaller adjacent rooms. These rooms would be used for judges’ chambers, a jurors’ conference room and possibly a witness room if enough space is available.
On the day of the last Project Development Board meeting two weeks ago, Mitchell looked at several buildings around town to find a suitable location for circuit court. These buildings included some churches, the Lakeland Jamboree and Jim Ricks’ Marion Street building. Mitchell said that churches probably wouldn’t work because of constant activities inside. He said the new conference center on Jefferson Street would be the ideal location for several reasons. One reason is that it is within walking distance from the circuit clerk’s office.
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