Montgomery's new municipal court just months from completion
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's new city court building across from Cramton Bowl is less than three months from being completed.
"It's been a long time coming," said court administrator Ken Nixon.
Nixon says they have simply run of the room at the old place next to the police department.
The new location will have two courtrooms. That's big, according to Nixon when you consider police write anywhere from 4,500 to 5,500 traffic tickets per month.
"On an annual basis, I've seen it as low at 40,000 per year and I've seen it as high as 110,000 per year," Nixon said.
"...so there is one central area for anyone who will be detained and they'll be brought in here and held until they can be transported. One of the biggest advantages here will that we'll go from four windows to potentially 6 windows," Nixon said.
The new city court project has been in the works for 15 years. City leaders say they thought they had another deal done at another location a few years ago but it fell through.
"We've come to the edge of doing it a couple of different ways on multiple occasions, to the point I don't think my employees ever truly believed it was ever going to happen, but I think they believe it now," said Nixon.
This project is costing the city $4.6 million. As of now, the targeted move in date is between October 3rd and the 10th of 2016. Nixon says the police department will likely take up the space once city court vacates the old building which was built in the 1960s.
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