Open House - Ribbon Cutting
There will be a community open house and ribbon cutting for the Rutherford County Judicial Center at 116 West Lytle Street at 4:00 o'clock on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. They're expecting such a large turnout that it is recommended that you RSVP by phoning 615-494-4480.
Groundbreaking for the structure was held March 4, 2016. Now, approximately 2-years later, the 6 story, $73.9-million Judicial Center is preparing for opening date. Occupants in the old judicial building are preparing for the move, and specially trained crews will make the two-block move starting late this month.
The new Judicial Center initially has 12 courtrooms. However, architects Gresham, Smith & Partners have designed the complex so that it will accommodate 4 additional courtrooms as needed.
The project also includes a 4 level parking garage just southeast of the building that accommodates 360 vehicles. It is just southeast of the courtroom complex and opened last October (2017).
Secure design was the first priority of the Rutherford County Judicial Center. It features zonal planning to separate judicial officials, defendants and the public as they circulate throughout the building.
In addition, secure underground parking will be reserved for judges and court officials. Inmate vans and buses will them to court by traveling under the structure to a heavily secured sally port. Access to the entrance and exit for underground parking is not open to the public, and will have gates manned by heavily armed guards. The underground parking is not expected to be complete until late this spring or early summer.
Years In Planning
The need for the facility has been in the public talking stages for many years. In fact, on November 5, 2013, Mayor Ernest Burgess told WGNS' listeners . . .
The completion of the new Judicial Center is a major part of the renovation of the expanding Murfreesboro historic business district, and will give a better first impression for a city with a population nearing 150,000 and a county population of 300,000. Officials hope that the new Judicial Center will serve the needs of the community for 50-years. However, that is difficult to predict in a city that is ranked number 10 of the fastest growing with a population over 100,000.
Once again, there will be a community open house with ribbon cutting for the new Rutherford County Judicial Center (corner of W. Lytle and N. Maple Streets) at 4:00 o'clock on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. They're expecting such a large turnout that they would appreciate you phoning 615-494-4480 and letting them know that you plan to attend.