NC Council letter: Don’t use NCE site for courthouse |

NC Council letter: Don’t use NCE site for courthouse

Replacing the Nevada City Elementary building with a new courthouse would be “an unredeemable loss to the community,” according to Mayor Robert Bergman, “and would forever change the character of the neighborhood.”

Bergman’s draft letter to the Nevada City School District board is up for review by the Nevada City Council 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 317 Broad St.

Two weeks ago, neighbors of the now-closed elementary school pleaded with the council that a courthouse building project stay out of their historic residential neighborhood.

While the council has no direct authority over the state-led project, Mayor Bergman penned a letter supporting the neighbors.

The downtown property, which has served as a school since the 1860s, is among several sites under consideration for an 84,000-square-foot, $108 million building.

State officials say renovating the current courthouse is not feasible, but business owners want to maintain the court in the downtown core for its major contributions to commerce there.

Sites in the historic district are very limited.

To view the letter or download the council agenda, click the links at left.

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