Wednesday, February 21, 2018

After Lengthy Delays, Final Approval to Remove Old Courthouse Annex Building Obtained

Some long-awaited changes to downtown Louisville may finally begin to take shape as Winston County received approval to remove the old Annex Building behind the existing Courthouse. The building constructed in the late 1940’s has until recently been used as offices and a courtroom by the County.

The building’s basement has been unusable for a number of years and termite damage has weakened the structure as well. The County has been working on a project to build a new three-story structure on the site to serve a number of purposes, including offices for the Sheriff and Emergency Management Departments, board rooms and administrative offices, since funding became available after the April 2014 tornado.

The project has been delayed pending approval to demolish the existing structure. The major issue has been obtaining approval from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History dependent upon its status as a historical structure. This approval was needed to obtain the necessary funding from FEMA and MEMA. After lengthy delays, the County received that approval within the last two weeks.

According to Winston County Supervisors’ Board President Luke Parkes, the County is ready to take action and hopes to take bids as early as the next board meeting in March with demolition beginning this Spring and further action on new construction to follow quickly.

Rendering of a proposed structure to replace the existing Courthouse Annex