Construction on the new juvenile justice courthouse is moving along with the Bay County Commission purchasing two properties to be used for parking for the new facility.
The old juvenile justice courthouse on 11th street is being remodeled to become the new federal courthouse, which has forced county leaders to build a new federal courthouse.
It is being built on the same campus as the Bay County Courthouse on 4th Street.
The two properties the commission purchased are just next to that location at 222 and 228 4th St.
Bay County Commissioner, Robert Carroll, said they plan to hire crews to demolish those buildings and use the spaces to offer more parking for the entire campus.
“We thought it was a good purchase,” he said. “Parking is a premium downtown, especially for the courthouse. Monday mornings can be quite tough to find a place to park, especially when we have all the jurors show up, so we need all the parking space we can get.”
The county purchased the properties from Northshore Investment Properties for just under $400,000.