AOC may not approve parking lot conversion plan
by Franklin Clark --
Jul 15, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An environmental impact study of the proposed demolition of the buildings on Court Street and their conversion into a parking lot for the Trigg County Judicial Center was unanimously approved by the Trigg County Project Development Board when it met last Wednesday.

At the meeting, architect for CMW Jim Pickering introduced a feasibility study relating to demolishing three buildings along Court Street and turning them into a 20-car parking lot with green space, including trees, shrubs and an open lawn that faces Main Street.

Demolition of the buildings in question will allow more than 12,500 square feet of space to be converted into parking, Pickering said, and also commented that the space is 163 feet deep and 77 feet wide. However, with the amount of green space in the proposal, the actual parking lot would only be about 6,500 square feet.

Brad Smith of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts said he has doubts that the AOC will go for the project, which according to Pickering and CMW architectural documents could cost about $290,000, not counting the cost of purchasing the buildings.

“Those are the kind of numbers we’re looking at,” Pickering said.

It was recommended that there should be phase one and phase two environmental studies of the site, as there might be hazardous chemicals or contaminants, such as oil. Phase one involves research and observation, whereas phase two involves the taking of samples from the site, Pickering said.

Project Board Member Geneva Parris said the design looked nice, although it would probably need another pedestrian path leading out of the parking lot.

Smith also said they are still looking at Monday, Aug. 10, as the day that the justice center will actually be open for court. However, he added, several things will have to fall into place for that to happen, and if heavy rains or other similar unforeseen events happen, that date could be pushed back.

“[Aug. 10 is] what we’re shooting for … and I’ve got everybody coordinated for that date,” Smith said. “There are a lot of things that have to happen.”

The board also chose three tentative dates for a ribbon cutting and open house for the new justice center. The dates of Friday, Sept. 25, Friday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 23 will be submitted to Chief Justice John Minton to see if any of those dates will fit into his schedule.

Project Board Chairman and Trigg County Judge-Executive, Stan Humphries said at the meeting that the deadline to submit items to be placed in the time capsule, which will be located in the new justice center, is Monday, Aug. 31.

The next project board meeting will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 12 in the courthouse basement.
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