Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Panel OKs Courthouse Renovation Bill; Former Federal Court's Repairs Expected to End in 2014

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Panel OKs Courthouse Renovation Bill; Former Federal Court's Repairs Expected to End in 2014

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Byline: Steve Patterson

Legislation to renovate Jacksonville's former federal courthouse to house the State Attorney's Office cleared a second Jacksonville City Council panel Tuesday.

The refurbishment is the last major piece of a years-long $350 million project to build a new Duval County Courthouse and supporting offices away from the riverfront site that had held the judicial system for decades. The new courthouse opened in June.

The project is expected to be completed in 2014, about two years after the courthouse.

The old federal courthouse on West Monroe Street opened in 1933.

Although the renovation is now budgeted to cost about $25 million, a price-cutting process for the project still needs to be completed, said Assistant State Attorney Mike Weinstein, a former state lawmaker who has served as a point man overseeing plans for the new office.

The city has been working with a Connecticut-based project contractor, the Morganti Group, to "value-engineer" construction plans to stretch the available money. …

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