KANSAS CITY, MO – On Monday, Jackson County Public Works crews began tuck pointing the exterior of the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (previously known as the Courthouse Annex), which is located in downtown Independence (308 West Kansas Avenue).
The tuck pointing is the first phase of a multi-step process to renovate and modernize the courthouse, which was last renovated in the early 1970’s.
Tuck pointing involves restoring joints on the brick exterior, in order to seal a building so it is protected from water leaks. The cost for tuck pointing the building is $325,000.
“This courthouse serves such an important function to the citizens of eastern Jackson County. It is vital that we restore and improve this building and how it operates on a daily basis, not only for citizens today, but for generations to come” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “This project is another example of Jackson County’s commitment to providing the basic and necessary services that our citizens expect and deserve.”
The next phase of the courthouse project will involve renovating the restrooms inside the courthouse. Those renovations are expected to begin in the next few months.
The remainder of the renovations for the courthouse, which will include work to both the exterior and interior of the building, are expected to begin in late summer. County officials are currently working on final design plans and cost estimates for the successful completion of the project.
Once finished, the renovated courthouse will contain up to four new courtrooms and a modernized jury room.
The entire project is being done at no additional expense to county taxpayers and will be paid for with money that the county has saved over a period of several years.