Onslow County leaders break ground on new courthouse building

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County Board of Commissioners broke ground on the new district courthouse building on Thursday, a project that has been years in the making.

“In a county with a tremendously growing population, we expect 250,000 in population here in the next few years,” said Jeff Hudson, Onslow County manager. “This will be very important to the continued success.”

The old Summersill building was built in the seventies. It has six courtrooms, but after the new addition and renovation, there will be nine.

“We have in excess of almost 3,000 cases pending in our superior courts, so we have a lot of cases pending and a lot of cases that need to be tried,” said Ernie Lee, Onslow County district attorney. “I know we’re going to be very busy in this courtroom when it opens up.”

The construction will not impact court proceedings.

“We will not be shutting this district courthouse down for renovations until the new courthouse is fully completed,” said Hudson.

The four-floor courthouse is designed to fit in with the current feel of existing downtown.

New parking will be located on Tahlman Street and additional parking will be on Court Street.

The cost is estimated to be around $16.5 million.

“Onslow County is moving forward to not only meet the needs that we presently have but hopefully will take us into the future,” said Barbara Ikner, Onslow County Board of Commissioners chairwoman.

Completion is expected in 2018.

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