Courthouse Annex nears completion

Sheriff Welsh: 'It's going to be a beautiful building, and secure'


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Architect's rendering from corner of Broad and West High Street




  • Architect's rendering showing Broad Street elevation without buildings in front




  • Architect's rendering showing Broad Street elevation with buildings in front




  • Architect's rendering showing rear elevation




  • Architect's rendering showing east elevation on West High Street side




  • Architect's rendering showing west elevation on the left side




  • The annex under construction in December (Photo by Pamela Chergotis)




By Ginny Privitar

— After years of controversy involving concerns about costs and historical preservation, the Pike County Courthouse addition is finally nearing completion.

Move-in is expected in April or May.

"I was just in there yesterday, and they're painting and spackling, putting on the finishing touches," said Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg last week.

Carpet is now being installed, starting on the third floor and moving down to the basement. Furniture will be brought in over the next few weeks, he said.

The top floor will house the courts, and the middle floor will house probation. The sheriff's office will move into the basement level.

"The building contract specifies June of 2018 as completion date," Osterberg said. He believes it will all be done before that.

The annex adds 30,000 square feet to the courthouse building. It will include holding cells for prisoners coming from the correction facility to the courthouse.

There will be no overnight holding. Prisoners will be transported back to the correction facility in Blooming Grove.

Shackled prisoners will no longer have to be walked across the street from the jail.

Sheriff Kerry Welsh said he'd been concerned about the prisoners' safety, and the deputies' too, as they walked shackled and handcuffed prisoners from the existing jail to the courthouse. The new building will eliminate that concern.

"It's going to be a beautiful building, and secure, much more useable than this building," Welsh said said.

Secure passageways will keep prisoners and the general public and court staff in their own hallways.

The project is being completed at the expected cost of between $7 million and $8 million, Osterberg said.

The historic Kenworthy building on Broad Street was preserved in the final plans, with the new annex running behind it.

"It's going to be very nice and much needed," Osterberg said. He noted dryly that the caseload has increased "just a touch since 1873," when the current courthouse was built.

The new building is expected to accommodate Pike County's increased caseload.

Because of an Architectural Review Board ordinance, the public will be able to distinguish between the 1873 courthouse and the 2018 annex.

Kevin Stroyan, Chair of the Architectural Review Board, said the ordinance "is pretty clear about this how this thing is supposed to work." The intent was not to mimic the existing building, but to be built in the same proportions. The untrained eye should be able to perceive the difference in the buildings.

The expanded complex will actually be Pike County's fourth courthouse. The current jail, built in 1814, was the first.

The second courthouse, constructed around 1851, was sited on what is now the lawn in front of the 1873 courthouse, and was torn down when that courthouse went up.

The architect for the new building is David Wieboldt of Middletown, N.Y. The consulting engineers were McGoey, Hauser and Edsall.

Editor's note: The original article misspelled Sheriff's Welsh's surname in a few references. The Courier regrets the error.









Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

How vaccines protect the whole community
Did you know that when you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your community too?
This concept is called community immunity, or herd immunity. And...

Read more »
Image

Pike's Peek


Here is the next clue: where have you seen this detail? If you think you know visit pikecountycourier.com and click on the Fun & Games tab at the top of tghe...

Read more »
Image

Pike's Peek
Congratulations to Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg who correctly identified the detail in last week's clue at 113 East George St. in Milford.



Here is...

Read more »
Image

Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests
BY ERIKA NORTON
After a two-year statewide investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office released a grand...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Where in clues
Pike's Peek
  • Aug 17, 2018
Where in answers
Pike's Peek
  • Aug 17, 2018
Columns
Journalists are not the Enemy
  • Aug 16, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA