Stadium Authority Releases Feasibility Study for Baltimore City Circuit Court Expansion, Restoration
For Immediate Release
May 11, 2011
Contact: Gary A. McGuigan, Maryland Stadium Authority, (410) 333-1560
Judge Marcella Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court (410) 396-3836
The Maryland Stadium Authority released a comprehensive two-year study of the Baltimore City Circuit Court buildings, conducted at the request of the City of Baltimore.
This feasibility study evaluates options for improving service and safety at the two historic buildings which partly comprise the Circuit Court system. It assesses programmatic needs, engineering analysis, conceptual designs, operational recommendations, and costs.
The study, performed by internationally-recognized AECOM Design, provides a strategic plan for modernizing and expanding the downtown Circuit Court campus to consolidate branches of the judicial system, improve efficiency and security, and reduce operational expenses. The study notes that deferred maintenance and overcrowding are major challenges in improving operations.
Among the recommendations made in the study include the acquisition of property north of the 1932 Old Post Office Building to construct a third facility for Criminal Court functions.The Old Post Office Building would be renovated for Civil Court while the circa-1900 Mitchell Building would house Juvenile and Family Courts after restoration.
The study notes that creating this campus, with convenient access to public transportation, will be an asset to the fiber of downtown. Costs for the new courthouse and remodeling of the historic buildings are estimated between $570 and $602 million.
"Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to assist the City of Baltimore and the Circuit Court in evaluating the current Circuit Courthouse conditions and offering solutions to the challenges," said Chairman John Morton III.
"This was a complex process, with many variables. However, our comprehensive review offers a number of options as well as a realistic assessment of costs."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake expressed her thanks to the Stadium Authority for their "painstaking work in examining all the angles, compiling extensive information, and providing an assessment of what needs to be done."
"We appreciate having this comprehensive study and its recommendations guide us as we determine how to modernize these historic structures to best serve the people of Baltimore City," the Mayor noted.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Administrative Judge Marcella A. Holland, who coordinated the study on behalf of the Judiciary, stated "Expansion and modernization of the existing Circuit Courts is long overdue. In our society, the judicial process must be conducted in a safe, healthy, and dignified setting, and we are very grateful to the Stadium Authority and AECOM for giving us a road map to assist in reaching our goal of creating a prestigious and trend-setting justice complex in this City."
"Our next step will be to devise an implementation plan that will allow us to begin this long-term project in the most expedient and affordable manner," Judge Holland added.
A copy of the full study is posted on the Maryland Stadium Authority webpage. It may be accessed at: http://www.mdstad.com/completed-studies/baltimore-city-circuit-court-complex