Plans begin to move Hattiesburg courtroom

Plans begin to move Hattiesburg courtroom

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's Municipal Court is moving just a ways from its current location at the police department.

The court will temporarily make its home at the old federal building in downtown Hattiesburg on the corner of Pine and Forrest Streets.

The move comes as the city prepares to build a multimillion dollar public safety complex, which will temporarily unhouse the court and police department.

The Hattiesburg City Council gave a unanimous authorization to the mayor to contract with local architect firm Albert & Associates to design the renovations for the old federal courthouse.

City engineer Lamar Rutland said the renovations, which include making the building more handicap accessible, would be approximately $500,000.

The council expressed reservations with that price tag, as well as parking in the area. The architects are scheduled to present plans to the council at a Monday, Aug. 3, work session.