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New Courthouse planned in McDowell County

Local - 2/3/2014 3:53 PM by Stuart Hammer

WELCH – The McDowell County judicial system is getting a $27 million makeover thanks to a tax-credit project.

The county courthouse in Welch will be getting a renovated interior and a brand new building. The project will encompass more than 90,000 square feet.

Officials hope the new facilities will encourage the state to invest in the county.

Plans include moving the offices of the Magistrate, County Clerk, and Commission from across the street to the new Courthouse. Extra parking and accessibility features will also be added.

“When you have a senior population and we've got limited parking - it's going to be great for them to be able to come, park, get on the elevator, and go any place here they need to do business,” says County Commissioner Gordon Lambert.

The current Courthouse is part of the historical society, meaning much of the exterior will be maintained.

Construction will begin in 2015.


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