Court­house ground­break­ing set Aug. 23

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the con­struc­tion of the new County Cir­cuit Court­house will take place in town at 3 p.m. on Tues­day, Aug. 23, lo­cated at 200 N. Com­merce St. Elected of­fi­cials and state del­e­ga­tion mem­bers will be in at­ten­dance for the gold shovel dirt fling, which is ex­pected to last only 30 min­utes.

“It’s just an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the com­mence­ment of the con­struc­tion of the new court­house,” Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Todd Mohn said.

To make room for the new 41,600-square-foot struc­ture, re­plac­ing the old­est con­tin­u­ally op­er­at­ing court­house in Mary­land and third old­est in the United States built in 1792, de­mo­li­tion of the old Board of Elec­tion and State’s At­tor­ney’s of­fices be­gan on Thurs­day, Aug. 4.

Mohn said once the lot is cleared the con­trac­tor, Mul­lan Con­tract­ing Com­pany, can be­gin the foun­da­tion

work for the build­ing it­self. Once the foun­da­tion is sta­bi­lized, he said, the con­trac­tors will be­gin bring­ing ma­te­ri­als and sup­plies to the site to be­gin the ex­pected 21-month con­struc­tion process. The awarded con­tract was in the amount of $19.4 mil­lion.

Though the cir­cuit court­house is an­tic­i­pated to have sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion by May of 2018,

Mohn said the of­fi­cial move in date wont be un­til the fall of 2018 be­cause the court’s com­puter sys­tems need to be in­stalled. Mohn said a progress meet­ing will be held this week with the con­trac­tor to get a bet­ter han­dle on the sched­ule.

Ques­tions or com­ments re­gard­ing the de­mo­li­tion may be di­rected to the Town of Cen­tre­ville of­fice at 410-758-1180.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

De­mo­li­tion of the old State’s At­tor­ney and Board of Elec­tions of­fices along Com­merce Street in Cen­tre­ville be­gan on Thurs­day, Aug. 4, to make room for the new 41,600-square-foot court­house.

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