Courthouse construction scheduled for 2018

November 7, 2016 by  

Greenville City Council have approved plans to begin construction of a new federal courthouse.

The project is expected to begin in 2018 with a total $104m budget, and will take approximately three years to complete.

The new federal building, to be named after the late Carroll A. Campbell Jr., a native of Greenville and former governor of South Carolina, will have at least ten stories and provision for inside parking. It will accommodate seven courtrooms and nine judges’ chambers, along with facilities for the Probation Service, Federal Public Defender and various other agencies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The present facilities are deemed too small, with many justice agencies having to lease offices in other locations around town. This is not convenient for members of the public or professionals, and talk of a new federal courthouse has been ongoing since the 1990s.

The present facility, The Clement F. Haynsworth Federal Building, will become the home of the Court of Appeals, the Bankruptcy Court, and other government agencies. Mailing services may have to be used when these agencies change address.

The final design, parking and landscaping is still under discussion with the General Services Administration. A 2.4-acre site has already been purchased on East North Street in 2013, with funding initially from 2004, when the project was first approved by the city council.