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Wake County to break ground on new justice center

Posted May 10, 2010

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— Wake County leaders will break ground Monday afternoon on a justice center designed to be newer, bigger and safer – to replace the existing courthouse built in 1969.

Every day, approximately 5,000 people move among the 22 courtrooms of the Wake County Courthouse at Salisbury and Fayetteville streets in downtown Raleigh. More than 200,000 cases are filed there every year.

To meet the needs of a growing population and advances in security technology, county leaders allotted about $214 million for the 11-story, 577,000-square-foot Wake County Justice Center to be built at the intersections of Martin, McDowell and Salisbury streets.

“With the volume of people coming in and the number of cases we have in Wake County, we literally are running out of room in our current space,” said Clerk of Courts Lorrin Freeman.

The new facility would offer almost double the space – 22 more courtrooms, 17 elevators and an escalator. It is expected to meet the county’s needs for the next 30 to 50 years.

Some county commissioners were concerned about spending the money on construction in the midst of a recession, but they were convinced by the low interest rate they were able to get on the bonds for the project.

So far, the project is $26 million under the original estimate. It is expected to be complete as soon as 2013.

The current courthouse will continue to house civil court and family court.

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  • manofjustice May 10, 2010

    Rapid rail system will not work around here as no one wants to walk the 20-30 blocks they would still have to walk to get to work. They needs to expand transportation within the city before they try to import from outside the city limits and even some parts of the city. Improve inner city connectivity then add in other towns and cities.
    commonsensenc

    This is why Raleigh will always be a backwards city. Because of backwards thinkers like you. Learn to look to the future. I say this without malice by the way. I a visionist and you all should be one to. Don't look at today...look at 10 years from now. Open your eyes.

  • commonsensenc May 10, 2010

    Rapid rail system will not work around here as no one wants to walk the 20-30 blocks they would still have to walk to get to work. They needs to expand transportation within the city before they try to import from outside the city limits and even some parts of the city. Improve inner city connectivity then add in other towns and cities.

  • tweeterelf May 10, 2010

    And they are building it in the same traffic congested one way hell that the old court house i located at. I avoid downtown raleigh just because there ARE 5000 ppl a day clogging up the roads that could be driving somewhere else for their offenses. How many more ppl would come to downtown raleigh to shop and spend money knowing 5000 parking spaces just opened up ?

  • Felton23 May 10, 2010

    If it was up to some of you, government employees would be still using rock and stone to write out words on a wall or feathers to write on paper. This is MUCH NEEDED. Government workers, specifically police, courts, all law enforcement need upgraded facilities and equipment.

  • Just Once May 10, 2010

    Slaterric,

    I LIVE in small town USA and I am quite happy to live there.

    If I were you I would still be asking why the police force is growing faster than the education system.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 10, 2010

    After 12/21/2012, it will be needed anyway.

  • Just Once May 10, 2010

    Oh good. Then the LEOs can harrass us even better. I can't frig gin wait.

  • manofjustice May 10, 2010

    slaterric wrote on May 10, 2010 12:09 p.m.:

    Raleigh is a growing area. I moved here 20 years ago for that reason. Growth means spending money on infrastructure. Have any of you folks complaining ever been to that courthouse downtown? It is ancient. If you want to live in a place where there is no growth go move to smalltown USA.

    I agree wholeheartedly. We also need a rapid rail system by 2011 while it will be cheap.

  • slaterric May 10, 2010

    Raleigh is a growing area. I moved here 20 years ago for that reason.
    Growth means spending money on infrastructure. Have any of you folks
    complaining ever been to that courthouse downtown? It is ancient.
    If you want to live in a place where there is no growth go move to smalltown USA.

  • TontoKozlowski May 10, 2010

    Anyone want to place bets on how far over budget this project goes?

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