By Aziza Jackson
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Douglas County recently began work on the $1.3 million renovation of its historic courthouse.
Construction at the courthouse officially began on Monday, Feb. 25 and includes the renovation of courthouse space and the expansion of a secured parking area. The Douglas County government and its operations will temporarily close the front entrances of the courthouse to both employees and the public as part of the extensive renovation project that is expected to last approximately six months.
During this time entry and exit to the courthouse will only be available through the “Truth” and “Liberty” side entrances of the courthouse. Exits through the front entrances of the courthouse will only be utilized in case of an emergency. Douglas County officials will temporarily add additional handicap parking that will be marked accordingly at both the “Truth” and “Liberty” side entrances of the courthouse.
“The Douglas County Board of Commissioners continues to work with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to improve security measures at the courthouse,” said County Spokesman Rick Martin. “This project intends to enhance the security of anyone who visits the courthouse to conduct business or pleasure with our various community events.”
This renovation will be the courthouse’s largest and most extensive project since it was built. The Douglas County Courthouse opened in 1998 and houses most of the functions of county government and also serves as the main site for county events and festivities designed to bring the citizens of the county together and to maintain the county’s unique identity.
“The project includes renovation of the space previously occupied by the tax commissioner, which will ultimately be occupied by the public defender,” said Martin. “Part of the renovation also includes expansion of the secured parking at the rear of the building with the addition of parking spaces, gated entry, and a privacy fence.”
Visitors to the courthouse saw contractors mobilizing equipment and preparations taking place as early as Monday, Feb. 18. “We understand these changes may inconvenience some, but we are hopeful in advance that people will understand,” said Martin.