The upper levels of the Linn County Courthouse on May's Island reopened in October 2008. Construction has been ongoing even while being open to the public as Linn County works with FEMA on mitigation and improvements that will reduce the severity of damages should there ever be another flood of the magnitude of 2008.
The lower level of the Courthouse was reconstructed as courtrooms instead of replacing the offices and storage areas that were flooded. Should the lower level flood again, it would be easier and more cost effective to replace courtroom space than to replace offices and risk damage to stored items. Offices, courtrooms, and work areas on the upper floors are being reconstructed to make the best use of space throughout the Courthouse.
The estimated cost of these changes is $8.5 million. FEMA will fund approximately $6.2 million. Linn County will issue bonds to cover the costs not reimbursed by FEMA.
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By the Numbers
Total Cost: $8.5 million (estimated)
$6.2 million FEMA
$2.3 million Linn County bonding
Architect: Ament, Inc.
Build courtrooms in the lower levels instead of replacing offices and storage areas that flooded
It is more cost effective to replace courtroom space than to replace offices and risk damage to stored items
Fill in the tunnels connecting the jail and Courthouse and the underground parking garage and Courthouse