Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Latest timetable for Lowell Judicial Center

For a number of years now we have been discussing the new judicial center that is to be built in the city of Lowell in what is called the Hamilton Canal redevelopment area.  Ever since the collapse of the economy in 2008, however, the timetable for the project has slid and some had begun to doubt whether it would be built at all.  Last evening, Adam Baacke, the city of Lowell's Director of Planning and Development, informed residents that he had attended a meeting with DCAM (the state agency responsible for all real estate owned by state government) and that the timetable is now as follows:  Bids go out in 2013; building opens in 2016.  Once built, this new facility will house the Superior Court, the District Court and possibly the Juvenile Court.  Although the registry of deeds will not go to the new court, the consolidation of all the other courts in one building will have consequences, good and bad, for the registry.  Overall, however, it will be a great project for the city of Lowell.

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