Going Public: Renovation Designs for Common Pleas Courthouse May Be Decided Early Next Year

Dec 17, 2019

Credit Clayton Hester/KRCU

The process is underway to renovate the historic Common Pleas Courthouse in order to return City Hall back to the facility. The city is operating on a $12 million budget for the renovation of the Common Pleas Courthouse and the Carnegie library, and they have selected architecture firm TreanorHL and Penzel Construction Company for the project. 

Deputy city manager Molly Mehner says the design has not yet materialized, but maintaining the structure of the historic courthouse building is important due to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

“But we also want City Hall to be a place where we provide good customer service [and] good interaction with the people that we serve,” Mehner says. 

Mehner says the budgeted funds come from the capital improvement sales tax, which formerly went to supporting water improvements. 

City staff will be working with the design-build team, and “hopefully in the early part of next year” they will have something to share with the public.

Credit Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

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