Bob Shallit of the Sac Bee’s reporting that two locations are now under consideration to build a new state courthouse. The newest spot is now at the abandon Towers site at 3rd and Capitol with negotiations starting this summer. The original site for the 12-to-16-story, $540 million courts building was to be between Fifth and Sixth streets, just north of H, on the edge of the downtown rail yard. To pay for the building, Sacramento County will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in court revenue bond funding from SB 1407 (Perata) in 2008, which authorized the issuance of $5 billion in revenue bonds to fund court construction projects in the State. Nacht & Lewis Architects and HOK have been chosen to design a new courthouse in Sacramento.
Why would they consider moving this project so far from jail where prisoners would then have to be transported on the streets to and from the court everyday? This makes no since to me? The original plan was to build the courthouse at the corner of 5th & H Street that included a tunnel under ground where inmates could be moved to and from the jail with vary little risk of escape. The H Street locations also better because the lands owned by the county, where as the Capitol Mall land is not.
I hope they keep with the original plan to build by the rail yards, the proximity to the jail would save the county lots of money in the long run.