Mayor Tom O’Brien said it’s good to see planning for a new provincial courthouse in Stephenville is moving forward.
The provincial government announced on Tuesday a request for proposals is being issued this week for a firm to develop master planning and functional programming which will outline space requirements, conceptual layout and suggested schedule for the new courthouse.
“It’s good to see it’s on schedule so far and hopefully in the not too distant future we will actually see construction,” O’Brien, who brought the issue of the need for a new courthouse into the public on several occasions.
Nick McGrath, minister of Transportation and Works, said through this stage of requests for proposals government will be searching for a company whose experience and expertise in developing facilities of this nature complements its objective of delivering important programs and services to residents and families.
The deadline for proposals is Aug. 15 and respondents will be evaluated on a variety of factors including professional qualifications.
Currently, the provincial courthouse in Stephenville is housed on the second floor of a building that was originally used as a military barracks. It is an active court that had more than 12,000 total appearances in 2013-14.