Road to new facility has been full of twists, turns

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer April 07, 2014 12:40 pm

Before deciding to site the new Union County Circuit Courthouse on Shelter From the Storm’s footprint, county officials looked extensively into an alternative option — adding vertically to the county’s law enforcement building.

Court and county officials say they knew the Union County Circuit Courthouse was the worst in the state.

When the 2008 study by Hennebery Eddy architects came out, though, that opinion became more tangible.

“It was nice to have the recognition,” says Presiding Judge Russ West.

That recognition of having the worst courthouse in the state — 48th out of 48 — helped pave the way to do something about the problem.