Bucks County officials gathered Tuesday to watch a significant milestone in the construction of the new courthouse.
Tuesday was a day for which Bucks County government officials have waited for years. They gathered on the construction site on North Main Street, across from the existing courthouse, to sign the final piece of steel for the framework of the new courthouse. The $84 million justice center is under construction after years in the making.
Bucks County commissioners estimated the county would save $300,000 in construction costs by reconfiguring the new justice center's fifth floor.
A 2-1 vote Wednesday morning ended a lengthy debate between the Bucks County commissioners over scaling back the construction of the county's $84 million justice center project. Commissioners Charley Martin and Diane Ellis-Marseglia agreed that the $300,000 saved by not completing all three courtrooms and additional meeting rooms, was significant enough to approve the measure. The county could save as much as another $300,000 in furniture and audio/visual costs, they speculated. The debate centers over what to do with the fifth floor of the new courthouse being built on Doylestown's Main Street. The original plan for the fifth floor included three courtrooms, six conference rooms, two jury rooms and a jury deliberation room in the A wing, …