Courthouse about to undergo major renovation projects

Starting with elevators and old, abandoned jail on the seventh floor

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 5:30pm

More than two million dollars worth of work is planned during the next two years at the courthouse on Buchanan Street.  The Director of Public Works says a big reason for these renovations is for safety and security issues with the courthouse elevators.

"The judges could be possibly riding the same elevator as the criminals are, and that's an issue so we need to renovate the elevators.  Also, the old seventh floor, which is the old jail, it has been abandoned for over twenty years now," says Tom Carroll, Director of Public Works.

The project will consist of aspestic renovations on both the elevators and the sixth floor ceiling to prepare to completely gut out the entire seventh floor old jail.  Carroll says the seventh floor will be used to legistically move people around as they renovate each floor throughout the building.  The elevators will be fully refurbished with new parts, and lood brand new.  Carroll says this is an important renovation because the Parish Courthouse is one of the most used buildings in the entire city, and has needed this work for a long time. 

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