Colonial Heights Council provides demolition financing
Colonial Heights City Council has authorized bonds to begin work on the demolition of the old Colonial Heights Baptist Church and the construction of a new courthouse.
The final cost for the project has yet to be determined, but council authorized just over a million dollars in bonds to at least demolish the building. Tearing it down and starting construction on the courthouse has attracted bids from 19 companies.
According to the Progress Index, City Manager Thomas Mattis expects to recommend awarding a contract at next month’s council meeting. Cost estimates for the complex that will include the Circuit, General District and Juvenile/Domestic Relations courts as well as offices for clerks, the commonwealth’s attorney, sheriffs and the Corrections Service Unit run to $18.1 million.
The city bought the property for $3.75 million in 2005. The Colonial Heights Baptist Church rented until it opened at its new site in 2008.
John Ogle, WCVE News