Sutter courthouse project still on track |

Sutter courthouse project still on track

Ben van der Meer
Special to The Union

YUBA CITY — A long-awaited new courthouse for Sutter County isn't on the discussion list for state officials meeting Thursday to see what court projects can be delayed.

Instead, the courthouse — far enough along in the planning to have artist renderings — is still on track to break ground next summer in Yuba City, near the county jail.

"They're into the design phase now," said Teresa Ruano, a spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

State court officials have convened a meeting for Thursday to discuss adjustments to the court construction plan, in reaction to a push by the governor's office to move up a public/private project for a courthouse in Long Beach.

Among the 23 projects slated for the discussion is the Nevada County Courthouse in Nevada City.

This fall, a group of Nevada City and county officials crafted a compromised renovation plan that was a departure from what was originally budgeted as a $108 million rebuild of the 148-year-old facility, which sits overlooking downtown Nevada City. It called for six courtrooms and the support office space in the two existing structures that brought the project down to an estimated $65 million.

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The Sutter County project still faces other hurdles, Ruano said, namely the state budget process and whether a bond sale to raise money for construction will go through.

If the Sutter County courthouse begins work next summer as planned, it would be finished by late 2014, according to the administrative office's website.

Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams said he's hopeful the project stays on its timeline, given the challenges his office has with the existing court buildings on Second Street in Yuba City.

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