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. 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.
PHASE 1 – Demolition of parking garage, Wells Fargo bank building, and work to prepare Hancock Square Park for renovation. Scheduled to begin in March 2021 and be completed by December 2021.
PHASE 2 – Construction of justice center south building. Scheduled to begin December 2021 and be completed by Spring 2024.
PHASE 3 – Renovation of historic courthouse. Scheduled to begin Spring 2024 and be completed by Spring 2026.
July 19-23, 2021: Due to construction on the Justice Center project, Main Street between Dekalb & Swede Streets will be closed in both directions July 19-23, 2021. If you park in the Main Street garage there will be no vehicle access from Main Street. You will need to use the Lafayette Street entrance to the parking lot. Pedestrian access on the south side of Main Street will remain open.