After three days of reevaluating more than 30 statewide courthouse construction projects in an attempt to save around $500 million, the Nevada County Courthouse was among the projects chosen to proceed, according to a staff member of the California Office of Court Construction and Management.
Nevada County Courthouse Chief Executive Officer Sean Metroka was given about 15 minutes Wednesday to present the unified vision that the courthouse should simply be renovated using only the existing land, a plan he said would save about $40 million.
This proposal, developed by a group of Nevada City and county officials, is a departure from what was originally budgeted as a $108 million rebuild of the 148-year-old facility that sits overlooking downtown Nevada City.
Ever since the Administrative Office of the Courts determined that the courthouse is "unsafe, substandard, overcrowded and functionally deficient," plans on how to alleviate that prognosis has shifted from completely demolishing and replacing the courthouse, perhaps elsewhere, to simply renovating it. Neither option was without its detractors.
During its meetings Wednesday through Friday, the Court Facilities Working Group heard from representatives for each of the 31 projects up for review and then voted to determine which projects can proceed, and which should be indefinitely delayed, according to an AOC spokesperson.
Which of those projects will join Nevada City in proceeding forward was not available as of press time.
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