01: Facilities Space Modernization Project

Public Input: Judicial Center Site Selection Criteria & Project Concept through October 12

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) invites residents to provide input on site selection criteria and project concept for the new Judicial Center project as part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 2020 Project 1 – Facilities Space Modernization. The goal is that the Judicial Center will be designed to house the majority of functions located in the current Athens-Clarke County Courthouse and other judicial functions.

The site selection criteria provide guidelines for evaluating potential sites for the Judicial Center. The criteria may include characteristics such as acreage, connection to utilities, Transit access, public ownership, and other factors. The project concept will provide the basis of design and goals for the building moving forward through the design process. The concept highlights some standards for security, accessibility, sustainability, and other factors that will be taken into account in the design. (read more...)

Project Statement:

This project will provide funding for land acquisition, design, construction, and/or equipping of public/governmental use facilities and/or renovations, improvements, additions to, and equipping of existing facilities so as to provide expanded modern space for community, governmental, and judicial functions currently provided at the existing historic Courthouse and annex.  Depending upon costs and funding availability, this new space will provide approximately 142,000 square feet of building space for community functions currently provided at the existing historic Courthouse and annex plus space for additional courts; alternative courts; separate holding space for juvenile detainees; separate travel spaces for visitors, inmates, and judicial staff; and other related functions such as determined to be necessary for an effective and modern judicial space.  This project will provide funding for the renovation of the existing historic Courthouse and annex into a facility for governmental operations and/or other uses benefiting the Unified Government and/or community, which may also include child care and/or the use of any unused space for commercial and/or retail use.  Depending upon costs and funding availability, the Facilities Space Modernization Program will further serve as a mechanism to facilitate enhanced employee and/or community well-being initiatives.  Examples of employee and community well-being initiatives could be elder care, child care, or other similar activities.  Additionally, to the extent allowed by law, funds may be used as matching funds for leveraging grant opportunities.

Work Session Presentation: September 15, 2022

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$77,900,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$315,000