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County Board OKs $70K to start process of renovating courthouse’s 3rd floor

May 17, 2019

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County will move forward with a project to convert shell space on the courthouse’s third floor into usable office space.

The price tag thus far is $70,000, which the County Board approved Wednesday at a board meeting. The funds will go toward architectural services that will get the project ready for construction bids, according to the meeting agenda.

Money for the renovation will come from the DeKalb TIF 2 close-out funds.

“We’re trying to see the drawings, what we can get done,” County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said Wednesday at the board meeting. “We let it be shell space for a long time now, and we’re ready to try to build it out.”

The resolution lays out a plan to move the State’s Attorney’s offices to the new space, and that various offices would be moved around. The resolution could change in the near future, however, as county officials haven’t finalized who will move where, Pietrowski said.

“That’s something we’re still looking into,” Pietrowski said. “I’m not necessarily ready to mention particular departments because it’s a movable topic, but there are talks of how we would move things around.”

The renovation comes seven years after a planned $14.5 million courthouse expansion. The third floor was left incomplete for future growth, according to the resolution.

County Administrator Gary Hanson will reach out to Virginia-based Dewberry Architects, the same company that worked on the expansion project. Additional funding for the construction phase of the project will have to be approved by the Finance Committee and County Board, according to the resolution.