Jackson County Courthouse annex to expand
INDEPENDENCE (AP) - The Jackson County Courthouse Annex in Independence will be undergoing a $6.8 million renovation and expansion.
The county Legislature this week approved a contract for the work at the annex, which will get five new courtrooms. The project is expected to be completed by late 2015.
The Independence Examiner reports because of population shifts the small annex could not handle the increased caseloads and some cases that normally would be heard in Independence have been sent to Kansas City.
County Executive Mike Sanders says the five new courtrooms should meet the county's needs for at least 20 years.
The county created space for the changes in 2013 when renovations of the nearby Truman Courthouse allowed the county to move some offices there.