Meeting Monday on Downtown Courthouse Plan, Old Trees

What: A public meeting will provide information about the current status of the new Redding courthouse project, which is in site acquisition.
When: Monday, May 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Redding City Hall Community Room, 777 Cypress Ave, Redding, CA

The meeting is intended to address public concerns about the preferred site for the future courthouse, at Oregon and Yuba Streets, and particularly the presence on the site of a stand of old-growth trees. At the meeting, the public and other interested parties will hear about the project’s current status and plans for architectural design, which has not yet begun.

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Office of Court Construction and Management, in partnership with the Superior Court of Shasta County and the Redding Redevelopment Agency, will present project information and answer questions.

The new Redding courthouse will replace three undersized, inadequate facilities with a new 14-courtroom courthouse. The preferred site, approximately five acres at Oregon and Yuba Streets, is within the Market Street Redevelopment area, and the Redding Redevelopment Agency is assisting the AOC in acquiring the site. The city and state are working to complete site acquisition by mid-2011, which will be followed by architectural design, for which the firm of NBBJ has been engaged.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2012 and be completed by late 2014. The project is funded by Senate Bill 1407, enacted in 2008 to provide up to $5 billion in funding for 41 new and renovated California courthouses using court user fees, without impact on the state’s General Fund.

For more information: www.courts.ca.gov/2801.htm

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts carries out the official actions of the council and promotes leadership and excellence in court administration.

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