New Courthouse Will Seek Silver Certification from Green Buildings Council

(NYCGOV) Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, Borough President James P. Molinaro, Council Member Michael E. McMahon, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) Executive Director Paul T. Williams Jr., Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. and Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt today broke ground on a new courthouse facility for Richmond County. The new 182,720 square foot courthouse will house supreme court, criminal court and jury assembly and replace cramped space in separate buildings with state-of-the art, environmentally friendly facilities in one location. The five-story courthouse building, 660 car parking garage and memorial green will sit on a 4.04 acre lot in the St. George neighborhood. The site is currently a municipal parking lot. The budget for the project is $220 million and is estimated to be completed in 2012.

"Not only is this Staten Island's first new courthouse in more than 75 years, the City is making the biggest capital investment for a building in the borough's history," said Mayor Bloomberg. "As the first courthouse in the City to earn a green certification from the Green Buildings Council, it will also help drive the incredible renaissance that's taking place here in St. George. We're building for the future of this borough - even during these tough times for our economy." More...