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Courthouse decision could come today

During last night’s closed City Council work session to discuss new courthouse facilities, council members identified their top option for making a bid.

Councilwoman Bea Paolucci said the council ranked the three remaining options and that today, City Manager Beverly Cameron would be contacting the principals of each to let them know.

Once they are notified, the decision will be made public.

The top ranked option will be the one the city negotiates with.

The rankings are based on criteria the council set last month. 

The criteria are made up of seven elements determined by the council and consultants from Arcadis. Those elements are: overall project benefit, design, location, team, cost, phasing and disruption and schedule.

Four of the council members selected the final bid, according to Councilman Fred Howe III. He, however, did not vote.

He has “stayed out of the process” since the final three proposals were selected, he said.

Paolucci said that there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, in particular the cost.

The Council will have to vote on the funding and how the project is going to be funded. That will likely come up in early October, she said.

The three options remaining are from W.M. Jordan, Donleys and First Choice.  

The $32.6 million proposal from W.M. Jordan would put the Circuit Court in a three-story building on the site of the existing Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court would be in a three-story building on the corner of Princess Anne and Charlotte streets.

It would take about 36 months to complete. The plan also includes renovating the Renwick building, which is the current home of the Circuit Court.

The $36 million proposal from First Choice would also put the three courts into two buildings. The current site of the General District Court on Princess Anne Street would be renovated to house the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

A new building would be constructed at the corner of Princess Anne and Charlotte streets to house the Circuit Court and General District Court.

The two buildings would be connected by a tunnel. It would take 30 months to complete.

The $34 million proposal from Donley’s would put the courthouse at the site of the fire station, at Princess Anne and Wolfe streets.

The four-story building would have all three courts together.

The project would take about 44 months to complete.