Crawford County Courthouse Plans Expansion

A major expansion plan is on the drawing board for the Crawford County Courthouse.

A proposed 30 million dollar expansion plan will completely revamp the Crawford County Courthouse, adding another building, more parking and easier access to county services.

"There's no private area for Crawford County Human Resources to talk to their employees,” said Mark Lessig, Crawford County Administrator.

That's just one of the problems with the currently overcrowded and outdated Crawford County Courthouse.

The current courthouse building contains all administrative and court offices, but this proposed $30 million dollar plan would separate the two, moving all administration into a new building just north of the current courthouse.

With limited parking around Diamond Park, the plan also include more than 200 new parking spaces for employees.

Funding is still being discussed but will come from a variety of sources, including bonds.

Construction will be a two-part process, moving administration offices first so as not to disrupt court proceedings.

"It would allow modern standards to apply to certain offices that don't have adequate ventilation and the like, as well as those lines of communication between the offices so in effect you'll be increasing your efficiencies over time,” says Jack Lynch, Crawford County Commissioner.

This plan means more space, more parking and easier access to county services for the public.

"They will not have to traverse through any of the court areas which they currently may have to do depending on how they decide to come from the main entrance to the office to which they're headed,” said Mark Lessig.

The county does want to hear from the public about these plans. There will be two public meetings in August. One at August 11 at 6 p.m. at Active Aging in Meadville, and the other on August 12 (time and place to be determined).

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