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Howard County Courthouse Expansion Project Gets Rolling

Citizens can hear more about the plans, give feedback this week.

Howard County Circuit Courthouse. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Howard County Circuit Courthouse. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)

There will be a public meeting on the proposed expansion of the Howard County Circuit Court building this week.

The courthouse on the hill above Main Street is in need of more space, according to government officials, and in the past few years, the county has budgeted for improvements.

The budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes $3 million for renovations to the courthouse, with $19.8 million anticipated next year.

According to County Executive Ken Ulman's introduction to the budget, the $3 million will go toward designing the circuit courthouse expansion.

Proposed updates include an additional building with parking garage; a single-entry checkpoint via a skybridge; two new civil courtrooms with judges' chambers; secure parking for judges and masters; and increasing functionality of the jury assembly areas, waiting areas and atrium, according to the capital budget proposal.

Design will take place this year, with construction commencing the following year and work to be complete by July 2019, according to the budget.

At a meeting Tuesday night, citizens will be introduced to the team of consultants working on the project and may ask questions and provide feedback about expansion plans for the courthouse, according a a statement from Howard County government.

The public meeting to discuss the proposed expansion will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, in Ellicott City.

Can't make the meeting? Citizens can send input or questions to EllicottCityCourthouseExpansionProject@howardcountymd.gov.

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Kay Weeks June 17, 2014 at 01:41 PM
If the ball is indeed rolling on this without sufficient public comment and input, then the project should be delayed or put on hold...this is an area-changing proposal that would forever alter the historic district's look, feel, and character. I was disappointed to see that phrase in your article.
Dave A. June 18, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Adding a building as well as a garage will be a nightmare. Not to mention the cost! If office space is needed why not look into moving the offices that do not interact daily with the courts to another location? Plenty of space at the building that used to be long to Bendix. Plenty of room to add a structure there as well without causing a parking nightmare!

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