Fate of old courthouse building undetermined

While argument over the location and funding of a new county courthouse is in full swing, the fate of the old courthouse remains unclear.

Built in 1927, the building at 6865 Caroline Street in Milton, Fla. has served as Santa Rosa County’s court building for more than 80 years, costing $137,000 to build.

There is general agreement that the buildings structural problems and limited space just will not do any longer, but after the move the building, and its issues, will remain.

So what happens next?

“That question has not been answered yet, so that is undetermined at this time,” Santa Rosa County Services Director Toni Gomillion said.

The county has three options in this situation, an intergovernmental exchange, selling the property or demolishing it School Board Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Joey Harrell said

“One of the options is if there is another governmental entity that we could do an intergovernmental transfer it to or sell to,” Harrell said. “But that entity would then fall on the same issues.”

Harrell is supervising the move of the School Board’s Berryhill Administrative Complex to a new location. In that project, they face the same dilemma that the courthouse does. When a group moves to its new location, the problems of the old building remain.

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