Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Renovation plans slowed, officials continue process

November 14, 2001

Although a recent meeting with designers was cancelled, plans for renovation of the Leavenworth County Courthouse are still under way.

The Leavenworth County Commission was scheduled recently to meet with the architectural firm, Shaughnessy, Fickel and Scott, regarding the renovations, but the meeting was cancelled.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Nov. 21, when a final decision concerning the renovations can be made.

"I don't know if there will be a final decision, but we will have more of an idea of what we can do and what we can afford," Commissioner Joe Daniels said.

The improvements are scheduled to include a new heating and cooling system, improvements to the stairwells and finding additional space for departments.

County commissioners have been looking at plans for renovation since April. Daniels said the problem departments in the courthouse face deal with a lack of adequate space.

"They are trying to move things around and figure out the best way to utilize the space available," Daniels said. "All the departments really need more space. Everyone will win if we can utilize that space."

The commissioners have been working with the architecture firm since April to try and come up with final plans for the courthouse.

Since April, the commissioners have sent the firm back to the drawing board twice to reconfigure plans.

The commissioners and the firm have also worked on the costs for the courthouse renovations.

The original plans in April indicated a price tag of more than $1 million. Since then, the two sides have pared down that price to a more affordable figure for the county of approximately $400,000.

"We figured we had right at $400,000 and so we figured we could spend pretty close to that," Daniels said. "We are trying to keep the costs down as best as we can."

Whether a final decision on the renovations is made this month or not, the County Commission is hoping to have the renovations started by the first of the year, Daniels said.

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