Montgomery County Justice Center receiving multi-million dollar facelift

The Montgomery County Justice Center is receiving a multi-million dollar facelift.

The $415 million project is expected to “revamp the county’s judicial infrastructure and further bolster revitalization efforts in the county seat of Norristown,” The Reporter said.

Jesse King, director of Montgomery County Assets and Infrastructure, said that the 150-year-old Montgomery County Court House is “plagued by age, poor initial design, and compromised integrity, resulting in inefficient systems and safety issues.”

“The courthouse is in rough shape. It is in need of a massive renovation to bring it up to a standard of safety and code that is appropriate for employees working in there moving forward,” he said.

The project broke ground in July 2021 and is expected to wrap up by 2026.

Once completed, King said the center is expected to “nearly triple the size of our courthouse building and increase the size of Hancock Square Park from 40,000-to-113,000 square feet.”

From Montgomery County’s website:

The Justice Center Project ties three complex projects into one, constructing a new, modern County justice center, completely renovating the existing historic courthouse facility, and more than doubling the size of the reimagined Hancock Square park as accessible, and active public green space right in the downtown.

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Phased over 5 years, the project will provide:

New Justice Center
A 325,000-square-foot, six story new building connected to the existing courthouse housing new courtrooms, court-related offices, and public spaces.

Hancock Square Park
Reconstructed Hancock Square park, expanded from the current 23,000 square feet to 57,000 square feet, incorporating carefully planned native landscape plantings, direct access from Main Street, and respectful incorporation of current monuments into reflective spaces.

Historic Courthouse
Complete renovation of the existing courthouse, incorporating detailed attention to historic preservation and a full replacement of all utility infrastructure systems.

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