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Historic courthouse gets new wheelchair accessible sidewalk

October 7, 2018

NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) — Officials have outfitted a historic Vermont courthouse with a new wheelchair accessible sidewalk and side entrance.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports officials said contractors are close to finishing work on the Newfane courthouse.

Windham County Assistant Judge Lamont Barnett says officials had struggled to ensure the building was accessible. Barnett says adding an elevator would’ve compromised the architecture of the historic courthouse.

Workers built a stone retaining wall to support the sidewalk and expanded the parking lot. Officials say the building’s updated porch will be finished by the end of October. Barnett says the renovations cost less than $50,000.

The courthouse was built in 1825 and has been renovated multiple times. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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