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Franklin Co. Commissioners Approve Hall of Justice Renovations
COLUMBUS (Mike McCarthy) -- Franklin County Commissioners have unanimously approved a multimillion dollar makeover to the exterior of the Hall of Justice.
The $4.6 million project, which was approved at Tuesday's commission meeting, includes installing a "glass curtain" and bigger windows, cleaning the exterior brick and precast concrete, and sealing the precast joints at the in Downtown Columbus building.
Looks, arent everything, commissioners said.
"This is necessary," Board President John O'Grady said. "Were getting a lot for what were paying for here.
The Hall of Justice is located off South High St. and has been vacant since 2011, when the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas moved to a new courthouse at High and Mound Streets.
"I really think it's a vast improvement to what we have," Commissioner Marilyn Brown said.
The contract was awarded to Blakely Corp, the lowest bidder on the project.
The new facade creates a connectivity in appearance, a more cohesive look with other major buildings in our downtown Government Center, Public Facilities Management Director Jim Goodenow said. It will also reduce energy costs
The exterior work is one of the final phases of a $45 million overhaul of the building, which is scheduled to be completed late next year.
Its on time and on budget.
After renovations are complete, the building will hold county and court offices on four floors, while the remaining six floors remain available for future growth.