Judicial center plans firm up

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By Lisa King

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This architect's sketch portrays what the new judicial center is expected to look like when it completed in nearly two years.

By Lisa King/Sentinel-News staff writer

In one of the last steps before the actual ground breaking, officials got together Tuesday to take a final look at the completed plans for the new judicial center.

Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is very pleased with the job that architects have done.

"The architectural firm has just done a fantastic job at meeting the needs and wants of the staff that will use the building, and the judges who have sat in on the meetings are also very pleased," he said. "It's going to be a fabulous looking facility."

Although architects haven't decided on the shade of red the building will be, it will definately be that color of brick, said architect Bill Pickery of Codell Construction.

During the meeting, contractors met with the construction companies to make sure all the information was in place for construction to begin next month.

Shelby County Deputy Judge Executive Rusty Newton said that although the project has been slightly delayed by inclement weather, most other details have been attended to.

“Construction is continuing on the lot where the facility will be located as well as at the second-street parking lot,” he said. “The weather has put us a little bit behind, but how much is yet to be determined.”

The new judicial center, to be located in downtown Shelbyville, will consist of a four-story, 59,000 square-foot facility which architect Dennis Arthur with CMW of Lexington said is being designed in a "classic style."

There are 10 properties, eight of which were allocated for the building and two for the parking lot, to be located at 2nd and Main streets.

The structure will be about four times larger than the courthouse, and it is expected to transform the east end of Shelbyville.

"It will be a state of the art facility both architecturally and esthetically designed by for the east end of Shelbyville, and I foresee a very positive dramatic change for the east end when it's built," Rothenburger said.

The judicial center will be located at the block between Main and Washington Streets at 4th Street and will house family court as well as circuit and district courts.

The $18 million structure of brick and stone is being funded by the state.

The 10 parcels of property associated with the center will cost $1.5 million.

Newton said the financial aspects of the project have been squared away, and if the weather will clear up, he hopes the project will make the January ground breaking date.

“We just need a few nice, sunny days so that the lots can be made ready for construction to begin,” he said.

Once work begins on the structure, it is expected to be completed in about 18 months.