green light for doubling mc courthouse

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 15:05 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The go ahead has been given to renovating and doubling the size of the Michigan City courthouse built in 1909.

How to finance the estimated $21 million project slated to begin in 2019 will be decided later.

Councilman Mark Yagelski said he believes the work can be paid over a 10-year period like the $20 million renovation of the LaPorte County Complex and jail expansion completed in 2004.

He prefers retiring the debt from the work in Michigan City before going ahead with a similar renovation and expansion proposed for the 1892 courthouse in LaPorte to avoid the potential of overextending county government financially.

The work at the Michigan City courthouse is considered more urgent because of an electrical system viewed as a fire hazard along with major handicapped accessibility and space constraints.

County offices on nearby 8th street will be moved into the expanded Michigan City courthouse due for completion in 2020.