Demolition to begin on courthouse annex project


Demolition is expected to begin today at the future site of the Montgomery County courthouse annex.

The former Williamsburg Health Care facilities on Lafayette Avenue will be transformed into offices for departments currently housed on the first floor of the courthouse and in the South Boulevard County Building.

Project manager Envoy on Monday received approval to proceed with the demolition and other potential work after the Board of Commissioners signed a $100,000 amendment to the construction agreement.

Under the original agreement, construction work could not begin until final project costs were set.

“This is just going to speed the whole process up,” commissioner Jim Fulwider said.

The annex is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

In other business, the commissioners approved the next portion of an agreement with a commercial real estate agency to market and develop properties near the State Road 32/Interstate 74 exit and other key growth areas.

The three-year contract with Indianapolis-based Holladay Properties calls for securing at least 50-100 acres of land for development and attracting developers and businesses to the sites.

Holladay will receive from the county $250 per acre of secured land and may charge a fee to the owners of property sold or leased.

The agreement now moves to the Montgomery County Redevelopment Commission for approval. The marketing portion of the agreement has been signed.




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Rodger Winger

It seems odd that the commissioners would select a company from Indianapolis to market properties in the county. The county is blessed with a number of very good realtors, knowledgeable of the area and TAXPAYERS to the county. Even if the commissioners thought the selected firm offered something the local realtors could not offer, it would seem reasonable to allow the local realtors a chance to co-op with the selected firm.

Tuesday, March 23