A: Hugh from Hollister asked us, "has the state taken back the money for the new Hollister courthouse or is the city just slow at starting construction?"
Hugh mentioned the project was getting underway back in March, but since then there's been no sign of activity.
The new Hollister courthouse is still expected to be built. It will stand at two stories high 41,000 sq ft with three courtrooms and a jury room. But according to the court executive officer, the $36.2 million project paid for by the state court's fund is facing a delay because of the state's budget mess. Construction will resume next year after the sale of the lease revenue bonds, which is expected to happen in the next few months.
The original date for the sale of revenue bonds was scheduled for October 2010, with construction to happen afterwards. Because of the poor economic situation of California, the sale was delayed again and they are hoping to have it happen this October 2011.
Once the sale happens, it will release funds that have already been approved, and construction could begin in 2012.