Village to have new courthouse in 2014

December 31, 2013 by  

The conversion of 195 Rockaway Ave. into Valley Stream’s new courthouse will be going full bore by the beginning of 2014. It is anticipated that the new courtroom will be available for use by the middle of the year.

The first step, installation of the building’s new climate control system, will enable workers to complete the renovations in comfort. There is a lot to do, including repairs to walls, ceiling, and floors, along with the installation of a new electrical system, windows, and a handicapped-friendly entrance. The majority of the work will be done by village work crews, which include plumbers, electricians, and carpenters.

Originally, the Village Hall was built in 1926 and remodeling will be consistent with courthouses of that time period. After its stint as a Village Hall, the property was used as a bank and still contains the vault, the fate of which is yet to be determined.

The New York State Office of Court Administration provided the village with $20,000 for furniture. It is anticipated that additional funding in the form of a grant will pay for the judge’s bench and security cameras. The renovations are being funded through the village’s capital budget. Estimations of the building’s purchase and renovations costs are approximately $1.1m.

Some departments have already moved into 195 Rockway Ave., freeing up space in their former locations for other uses. One of the last steps to making the new courthouse location fully functioning will be the arrival of the newest stationery printing bearing the new address for the court.