A spokesman says government officials will pick one of three downtown Anniston sites for a new federal courthouse in a matter of weeks.
“The final decision on which of the three sites to pursue will likely be made by the end of this month,” General Services Administration regional public affairs officer Adam C. Rondeau wrote in an email on Tuesday.
Rondeau also confirmed that the GSA hopes to start construction by the fall of 2019.
The agency approved a contract with Procon Consulting in March to provide on-site and technical support to the project team.
The $42.6 million project calls for the building to be 63,000 gross square feet to have enough room and meet security needs.
The three sites are:
- The block between West 13th and West 14th streets and Moore and Grove avenues
- The block between West 10th and 11th streets and Gurnee and Moore avenues
- The block where Anniston’s City Hall now sits. Under this option, Anniston’s city government would move City Hall to the former federal courthouse building.
Toby Bennington is director of economic development and city planning for Anniston. He said the most important thing is that the GSA keeps the courthouse in downtown Anniston. But the City Hall option would give the GSA a full city block at a good location, he said.
“We feel like that is a real strong factor in continuing to maintain all levels of government in a close proximity to one another,” Bennington said.