$7.5M Upgrades Outlined at Cortland County Courthouse

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Meeting last week were members of the Cortland County Buildings and Grounds Committee, who were presented with results from a recent study on major renovations at the County Courthouse.

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The report was compiled over several months by Bell & Spina Architects, which estimated the costs of an upgrade package that would include reconstructing the main staircase and entryway, replacing the front door and fully restoring the building’s masonry and historic dome cupola roof.

Additional work is also planned both inside and outside the building, with a total price tag expected to be around 7.5 million dollars.

Committee chair and legislative minority leader Beau Harbin says that number is still preliminary:

“The report’s not saying we need to cough up this money now and write a check,” Harbin said at the meeting. “The focus is to help us write up a proposal to the state and find ways to defray the costs through grant moneys.”

Additional repairs included in the appraisal: Heating and air conditioning replacements, new skylights, repairs to the ventilation system and a complete asbestos abatement.

Some general improvements to outdoor areas of Courthouse Park could also be joined in.

County leaders are now working with Thoma Development Consultants about the costs associated with seeking grants for the project.


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