PONTIAC — More than $6 million worth of renovations are under way at the Livingston County Courthouse, now that the Law and Justice Center is in full operation.
The center, which houses all court-related offices, opened in October.
The nearby courthouse, once renovated, will house offices for the county board, county clerk, human resources and treasurer. Those offices now are located in various downtown buildings.
The original courthouse burned on July 4, 1874. Construction on its replacement began later that year, and was completed a year later. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 19, 1986.
The county board is taking steps to make sure the facility’s historic significance is not lost, said Livingston County Board Chairman Bill Fairfield. “That has been one of our top priorities from the beginning,” said Fairfield. “It’s a terrific old building and still will be very valuable to us.“
Work is expected to be completed by November or December 2012, at a cost of around $6 million, Fairfield said. “We have had some bids come in higher than we expected and some come in lower than expected,” he said.
The renovations include gutting the second floor to make room for meeting rooms, hearings and training sessions. Decisions still need to be made about the second floor tin ceilings, which may need repair.
The board already has approved more than $2.3 million in bids for the work.