Washington County VA

Courthouse project on hold due to county oversight

Courthouse project on hold due to county oversight

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - There are several posted signs calling it a work area, but you won't find any carpenters on the second floor of the historic Jonesborough courthouse.

The county is renovating the historic courthouse to make room for the county's executive branch offices now that all courts and associated offices have moved to the Justice Center.

"We've not worked on the second floor since the early part of May, so it's been stopped for several weeks," says county mayor Dan Eldridge.

The county is spending more than $200,000 to turn the former courtroom and jury spaces into an office suite.

However, crews hit a roadblock when they realized the plan did not have the ok of the state fire marshal. "For whatever reason, we did not get the drawings submitted to the state fire marshal. When we realized that we did stop work on the project as quickly as we could," says Eldridge.

The fire marshal found issues with the design and asked for some minor changes. County leaders have made those and have resubmitted the plans for approval.

For now it's a waiting game of when will the workers be allowed to return to the jobsite, a wait they are hoping won't last much longer.

The county is also renovating the top floor of the historic courthouse for additional office space. That project is progressing normally.

Meanwhile, estimates on a third project to paint the exterior of the building were over budget, forcing the project to be placed on hold for the time being.

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