Matter of consideration

A structural overhaul of St. Joseph County’s 40-year-old courts building or the possibility of a new courts building altogether could be options raised following a study of the building.

Added on to the south end of the original courthouse in 1974, the courts building will be analyzed by a Benton Harbor firm to offer its input on the issue. County administrator Patrick Yoder said a square-footage cost analysis for a new courts building would likely be needed if the price tag for major improvements are excessive.

About 50 people work in the courts building.

County officials have indicated an interest in purchasing land currently vacant at the south end of Centreville’s industrial park. The location could someday serve as a site for a new courts building and a potential area for a new animal-control facility.

The matter regarding the courts building was raised during Tuesday’s county board of commissioners meeting.

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