With the new Judicial Center of Rutherford County nearing completion, it will leave the dated courts building empty along with the old District Attorney's office on the Murfreesboro square. The empty buildings will give the county government more room to expand or allow some county offices to move into the old court building.
Talks have already taken place that involved the idea of tearing down the Goldsteins building that currently houses the county codes department, engineering, planning and the county election offices.
Some have also suggested tearing down the building next to the courts that is used by the District Attorney and turning that into a greenspace. A new study will allow the county to find out if those buildings are worth saving at a cost that would not burden taxpayers.
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess told WGNS about that study (41 Seconds of audio, Click play button to load and listen)...
The old Goldsteins building was once a large department store on the local square in the early 1900's. The county mayor told WGNS in the past that the building is in bad need of repair.
As for the building that the DA utilizes, it is the site of a former bank that opened in the 1900's. The original building was later torn down and a new one was built in the 1950's.
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