On Monday, contractors were putting in steel studs, and some of the concrete work has been completed. Overall, the construction process is going well so far, Humphries said.
“We’d like to have it usable by the time of the Ham Festival,” Humphries said. “The weather has cooperated, and it’s shaping up.”
Earlier this summer, three buildings were demolished to make room for the parking lot, and in late July, the county’s Project Development Board approved a plan for a parking lot with green space that will have about 25 parking spaces.
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.
Additionally, local groups will come up with ideas for a mural on the wall that separated the old District Court Building from Quinn’s office.
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.