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Courthouse expansion project begins

Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 07:02 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

October 24, 2013 

Brooke County, W.Va

The first phase of a new courthouse addition for Brooke County is set to begin in the next couple of weeks.

The Brooke County Courthouse has not housed family court, magistrate court or the prosecutor’s office since flooding hit the city in 2004.

“That’s the reason the courts moved in the first place,” President of the Brooke County Commission Tim Ennis said.

Soon that will change. It starts with the demolition of the two buildings adjacent to the courthouse. They are scheduled to come down the first week of November.

“The space we have right now is not adequate for the functions of the Brooke County court,” Ennis said.

The addition will provide the much needed space. It will cost around $2.5 million. Money spent now on renting space to house the family and magistrate courts will go toward the fund.

“We spend an enormous amount of money off-site every year from rent, utilities and this is the courthouse. It’s only logical the courts are moved here,” Ennis said.

Ennis hopes the annex will adjoin the current courthouse structure, combining to create a building that would make more sense for the county and the people who live there.

“Right now, we’re paying rent and utilities and security. We don’t own anything. We have nothing to show for it. At the end of the day, we’ll have a nice, beautiful building the people of Brooke County can be proud of,” Ennis said.

No target date for the completion of the project has been set. 

Courthouse expansion project begins


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