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Courthouse will create more construction jobs in Connecticut

Posted on May 28, 2014

The creation of a courthouse is going to bring more construction jobs in Connecticut.

The Litchfield County Courthouse project will be in Torrington.

The Judicial Branch has been working to construct a new courthouse for the Litchfield Judicial District for nearly 40 years. The existing courthouse facilities in that district total about 39,000 square feet distributed over four locations. For a variety of reasons, a number of court cases must be reassigned to other district courthouses due to the inability of the current facilities to effectively serve the Litchfield District.

Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, the Chief Court Administrator, said, “We’re thrilled with today’s announcement. No one can doubt the need for a new courthouse to serve the citizens of the Litchfield Judicial District and with the pending approval of construction funding by the Bond Commission the District will soon be home to the Judicial Branch’s flagship courthouse, one with twenty-first century security, amenities and technology. Chief Justice Chase Rogers and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Malloy, Commissioner DeFronzo and legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle for their steadfast support of the Judicial Branch.”

“As a legislator who has been supporting and working on the Litchfield County Courthouse project for many years, seeing that Governor Malloy has placed the project as the number one item on the Bond Commission’s agenda for approval is a landmark development,” State Representative Roberta Willis (D-64) said. “Not only will the $81.45 million project create or retain 1,424 construction related jobs and serve as an economic catalyst for the entire region, but a new Litchfield Superior Court will finally become a reality.”

“This is an exciting time and a long time coming, for the residents of Torrington and the Northwest corner,” said State Representative Michelle Cook (D-65). “This will help the local economy, create jobs, as well as revitalize a part of town that has been empty for far too long. I want to thank the Governor for the continued support of this project and look forward to ground breaking.”

“Though it’s taken more than a generation, I’m proud that we could move this project forward and begin the necessary work of building a twenty-first century courthouse,” Governor Malloy said. “By consolidating operations into one facility, we can save taxpayers time and make operations more efficient. Many people in this community have worked for years on this goal. We could not have gotten to this point without their tireless advocacy.”