Breaking Ground, Making History


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

July 26, 2004

 

Breaking Ground, Making History

 

The Fairfax Courthouse building (built in 1800), currently housing the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and known as "the old courthouse," will eventually be used only for administration purposes. On Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m., Fairfax County will celebrate the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the Jennings Judicial Building, current home to the county's other two courts. Once complete, the renovated building will house all three courts: Circuit Court, General District Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the grassy area in front of the main entrance to the Jennings Judicial Center at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Speakers include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Fairfax City Mayor Robert Lederer, and more. Parking is limited to the two parking garages at a rate of 50 cents per half hour.

The $94.5 million courthouse expansion construction project will add 316,000 square feet to the Jennings Judicial Center and partially renovate the existing building to include necessary security enhancements. The addition, comprising of 14 courtrooms and three shelled courtrooms, will be used by all three court groups, the bulk going to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The addition will also include space for a public law library and a shared office area for various county staff not permanently located at the courthouse, such as probation officers. The construction of the expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2007 and the entire project completed by March 2008. After 204 years of active courtroom service, the old courthouse is going to become an administration building, primarily for court related agencies.

For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. For information about the renovation and expansion, contact Ellen vanHully-Bronson, project manager, at 703-324-5168, TTY 711.

 

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