New Spartanburg courthouse ahead of schedule, set for steel work | Spartanburg Politics

SPARTANBURG — Work continues on the new Spartanburg County Courthouse downtown, with steel construction set to begin on Jan. 24.

Turner Construction provided members of the Spartanburg County Council a tour of the site near the intersection of West St. John and Magnolia streets. The $110 million project will result in a 340,000-square-foot facility with 16 court rooms. Funding for the project was approved by voters in 2017 when they passed a 1-cent sales tax hike. The existing courthouse no longer met the required standards for technology or security required for courts.

“The purpose of the tour today (Jan. 13) is to let council members get a sense of what is happening and review the foundation work,” County Administrator Cole Alverson said. “In the next couple of weeks, there will be a crane on site with steel construction starting. The steel should be topped out at the end of April or early May. You will see a lot of progress at the site over the next few months.”

The building’s highest point will reach 124 feet. The new courthouse will be more than three times the size of the existing courthouse. A section of Daniel Morgan Avenue near the site has been closed to traffic, allowing construction workers to get vehicles and equipment into the site safely.

New Spartanburg County Courthouse

Spartanburg County Council toured the new Spartanburg County Courthouse construction site in downtown Spartanburg on Jan. 13. The new 340,000-square-facility is scheduled to open in October 2023. Chris Lavender/staff

Alverson said construction is ahead of schedule and should be ready to open by October 2023. The construction plan called for it to be completed in 26 months.

“It’s a big investment by the community and will be around for a very long time,” Alverson said. “The new courthouse will provide a safe place to carry out the various functions of the judicial branch.”

The project calls for the widening of Library Street and reducing Daniel Morgan Avenue to three lanes with a turning lane. Steel construction will be done in phases. The site has been waterproofed and a second construction entrance will be added on Magnolia Street.

The tour began on Library Street and continued to Daniel Morgan Avenue. It was County Council’s first visit since construction began. County Council Chairman Manning Lynch said the new courthouse is a step forward.

“I think it’s another indication of how well we are doing in Spartanburg County,” Lynch said. “The existing courthouse reached the end of its life and I am glad we have got a plan to replace it. It’s good to see construction come out of the ground today.”

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