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Contractors Will Submit Bids For Cassia Courts Project

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By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) We've told you before about Cassia County's plans to renovate an old grocery store in Burley into additional courtroom space. Today the county took the first step toward their remodeling project.

Roughly 30 contractors gathered at the old Swensen's Market at 1555 Overland Avenue in Burley. The old grocery store was closed in March of last year.

Cassia County Commissioner Bob Kunau says, "We're half a block from our existing courthouse and main Cassia County building, so it's within walking distance. We have parking that connects right into our existing facilities. It's a very good location for us."

The contractors got information on the renovation of the store into a new court complex for Cassia County. Just inside the entrance, there will be a lobby where citizens can come in to do their county business, paying bills and those kinds of things.

Ken Gallegos with LCA Architects says, "We'll have two large courtrooms, and one smaller non-jury courtroom. There will also be an inmate detention area in the back corner, as well as offices around the perimeter."

He says converting the 18 thousand square foot building will probably take six to eight months. The contractors have until Thursday, November 15th to submit their bids. The commissioners will officially open the bids on Monday, November 19th.

Kunau says, "We'd like to start as soon as possible. Where it is an enclosed building, they'd be able to heat this and do work through the winter months. So we're hoping that we can be well on our way by spring to having our building."

Nov. 2, 2012.


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