Just a few short months after completing renovations and re-opening the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Jackson County has begun much needed renovations and repairs to the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (formerly known as the Courthouse Annex), also in downtown Independence.
County Public Works crews began tuck pointing the exterior of the building on Monday, January 13. Tuck pointing involves restoring joints on the brick exterior, in order to seal a building so it is protected from water leaks.
The Eastern Jackson County Courthouse has not been renovated since the early 1970s. Since then, the population in the county residing east of Interstate 435 has risen dramatically, which has led to the county courthouse in Independence having some of the busiest court dockets in the State of Missouri.
“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 county is taking a multi-phased approach to the renovations to this courthouse. Once tuck pointing is completed, the next phase will involve renovating the restrooms inside the courthouse. That work is 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. There will also be improved access for persons with disabilities.
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.
“That has been our commitment from the beginning,” said County Executive Sanders.