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Bar News - January 14, 2011

Plans Advance for New Keene Courthouse

Current Cheshire County Courthouse Building.
The Executive Council has approved a long-term lease for a new courthouse complex that will be built in downtown Keene next to the current courthouse. The new building will house the Keene District Court, the Cheshire County Superior Court, and the Cheshire County Probate Court.

The land on which the complex will sit will be provided by the county and other financing will be created through various tax credits. The state will pay the rent for the lease, which is estimated to cost $450,000 annually for a 15-year period. The state can choose to extend the lease at the conclusion of the 15-year period.

Construction is expected to start in the spring.

The new courthouse, to be sited on the parking lot adjoining the existing Superior Court, will enable the district court to move out of Keene City Hall, a cramped and un-secure location. A new facility will also enable the Family Division to complete its statewide expansion. The current courthouse building, owned by the county, will revert to county uses.

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