The new Downtown courthouse is scheduled to open up this summer. The building is striking, although I'm not sure if I'd call it modern. It has this 1960's futuristic look to me. However from the rear the building it is cold and dreary, which is more than disappointing considering that side faces the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast. Why wasn't more consideration given to how this design and this building would fit into the community?
Such considerations don’t seem to have entered into the decision to build the new courthouse Downtown. The senior citizens who live nearby have expressed concern about the 'element' the new courthouse will bring and the impact on their safety. Businesses located near the current courthouse have expressed concern about the potential impact on their business. And of course the lack of parking has always been a concern.
It seems that any of these concerns were brushed aside by those few in power who decided that downtown was THE perfect location for the new courthouse.
Now it is here and we'll find out for sure how it impacts, safety and business. Let's hope our leaders were right in their thinking. However we’re still faced with a problem that the city has long put off, a lack of parking.
How can we still have no parking solution in place? In a recent Herald News article Ken Fiola says it will all work out. How? You either have enough parking or you don't. If there is enough parking, then sure after some growing pains it will sort itself out. What if we don't? How tough is it going to be to come up with a solution after the fact?
A letter to the editor published in the Herald brings up a good short-term solution. The city could locate an available lot and provide a shuttle service back and forth. What about long-term? I still think a possible solution would be to build a parking garage or high-rise with parking on the lower levels, at the location of the current district courthouse at
Back in the mid-70’s