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Hillsborough judges Orange courthouse parking as lacking

Posted May 13, 2010

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— Hillsborough officials have denied Orange County a certificate of occupancy for its courthouse expansion because of a lack of parking.

Offices in the courthouse addition were supposed to open last week, but Hillsborough officials said up to 250 more parking spaces are needed to comply with site plans filed four years ago. Without the certificate of occupancy, some judges and a couple of courtrooms cannot be used, officials said.

County officials proposed moving in and then determining how many spaces are actually needed. They said an area behind the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the local Farmer's Market could be paved for more parking, if needed.

The Hillsborough Board of Adjustment denied that request Wednesday night.

"I think everybody – for the court system, for the town, for the county – is hopeful a solution can be worked out, but it would have to be the right solution," Hillsborough Town Attorney Bob Hornik said.

Hornik said the county needs to make the next move by either adding the needed parking or appealing the Board of Adjustment decision to Superior Court.

County officials initially planned to have courthouse employees park at a remote lot and ride a shuttle bus to work, but the shuttle system was never funded.

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  • drh3102 May 13, 2010

    Good for them! If you have ever needed to go the courthouse you will know how horrible parking is in that area. The last time I had to park and walk about 20 minutes just to get to the courthouse. This needs to be fixed and Sounds like someone is trying to do something about it.

  • jannita May 13, 2010

    So can the county purchase the upper floors of the parking garage that never seem to be used?

  • WatchDogNC May 13, 2010

    Count how many vehicles next to the courthouse are used by the Sheriff's office. Be sure to count the number of broken down cars never used too.