Proposed New Judicial Center Prior 2016
November 12, 2015 –The
Pine Street location of the judicial facility in downtown Milton was on the
agenda for discussion but it was tabled until November.
May 14, 2015 – The
commission voted to recommend the county attorney negotiate a price for
the five parcels required for location of judicial facility south of existing courthouse.
May 5, 2015 - Judicial Center Workshop -The
commission discussed new updated information from HOK focusing on the downtown
Milton location. Click here to
view proposed presentation.
April 20 & 23, 2015 - The board scheduled a
special workshop for Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m. to discuss new updated
information from HOK. Click here to
view proposed presentation.
Feb. 23 & 26, 2015 - The commission discussed
the preliminary scope of services and fee schedule for contract with HOK, Inc.
for replacement of the courthouse focusing on the downtown Milton location for
a total cost of $206,500. It is anticipated that HOK will come back with a
range of options in April.
Feb. 9 & 12, 2015 - The board further discussed
placing a referendum for a Local Option Sales Tax to fund the judicial facility
on the ballot during the 2016 election cycle. The board discussed placing the
facility at the downtown Milton location, which an additional five or seven parcels
will need to be secured through a contingent purchase agreement or option to
purchase. Recommended staff to develop scope of services and fee schedule with
HOK, Inc. to review options for reduction of the scale of the facility to
exclude, for example, the offices of the State Attorney and Public Defender.
Also consider renovation/use of existing facility.
Jan. 28, 2015 - Planning Workshop - The
commission discussed replacement options for the courthouse. Need for a new
facility continues as there are still security risks, infrastructure issues,
space limitations and ongoing costs to maintain. The board directed staff to
develop a plan for placement of a referendum on a Local Option Sales Tax to
fund the judicial facility during the 2016 election cycle with the location
focused on the downtown Milton site.
Nov. 10 & 13, 2014 - The commission
recommended the cancellation/termination of Real Property Purchase Agreement
with Milton Crossings, LLC based on failure of the local option sales tax
Nov. 4, 2014 - Local option sales tax ballot measure failed, with 44% voting
for the tax and 46 voting against the tax. Click
here to see all 2014 general elections ballot
Sept. 15, 23, 30 & Oct. 7, 8, 20, 2014 -
Judicial Center Town Hall Meetings
Informational meetings were held at various locations throughout the county
to discuss location options, cost and ballot language.
Aug. 11 & 14, 2014 - HOK presented
site plans and cost estimates for the three possible locations of the
judicial facility, which included floor plans and building images.
Commissioners agreed that the three sites would appear on the November ballot
as a non-binding referendum. Voters will be able to select their location
preference of the Byrom/U.S. Hwy. 90 location, the Milton Crossing, LLC/Pea
Ridge location or the downtown Milton location. Additionally, the board voted
to place a one percent local options sales tax measure on the November
general election ballot. If the sales tax is approved by voters, the sales
tax which is one cent per each one dollar spent, would be in place for five
years beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
July 21, 2014 Commission Meeting -
Guy Thompson the Mayor, City of Milton spoke asking the commission to
consider placing the new judicial center next to the current courthouse.
Several residents also spoke supporting the Downtown Milton location and the
process of purchasing the land needed for that location. The commission
authorized advertising the necessary public hearings in August for enacting
an ordinance regarding placing a local option sales tax referendum on the
June 9 & 12, 2014 - The commission
added a third location, the property adjacent to the current courthouse, as a
location preference and directed HOK to develop design plans and cost
estimates for the downtown Milton location. Voters will now be able to
select their location preference of the Byrom/U.S. Hwy. 90 location, the
Milton Crossing, LLC/Pea Ridge location or the downtown Milton location, in
addition to if they support a local option sales tax to fund a new courthouse
on the November general election ballot.
May 27, 2014 Judicial Center Workshop -
Commissioners voted to select the property owned by William H. Byrom located
on U.S. Hwy. 90 southwest of the Peter Prince Airport as the East Milton
location to be placed on the November ballot. The owner has offered any 15
acres of the 47 acre parcel to the county at no cost. Voters will be able to
voice their location preference of either the Byrom property or the
previously selected Milton Crossing, LLC property on U.S. Hwy. 90 in Pea
Ridge in addition to if they support a local option sales tax to fund a new
April 21, 2014 - Judicial Center Workshop
April 7 & 10, 2014 - The board discussed
county owned sites and other properties located in East Milton. The
commission scheduled a workshop to further discuss an East Milton location
for Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m.
March 24 & 27, 2014 - staff
presented similar sized county owned property in East Milton to the board.
The commission directed staff to bring research on available utilities to
those properties, impacts of moving the sheriff's shooting range, impact of
the future Hwy. 87 bypass, and offers of donated or reduced cost land in East
Milton to the April 7 and 10 meetings.
At both the committee and regular meeting, the board discussed the potential
change in property owner of the U.S. Hwy. 90 property. On March 17, the
county received formal documentation that the property owned by Charter Bank
was under contract with Milton Crossing, LLC. Charter Bank entered into a
contract with Brian DeMaria, who later formed Milton Crossings, LLC to
purchase the entire 45 acre parcel of which the county had selected 22.56
acres as a potential judicial center location. The developer has assumed the
RFP terms submitted to the county by Charter Bank with the purpose of
developing the remainder of the property not sold to the county.
At the March 27 meeting, a motion was passed to approve entering into a
contract with Milton Crossings, LLC to purchase the U.S. Hwy. 90 property.
The contract allows the county the right to cancel the contract for any
reason and with escrow refund, until Nov. 21. This property will be one of
two location preferences from which voters may select.
March 10 & 13, 2014 - HOK presented
design and space options on March 10, asking the board for more specific
space and location preferences in order to move forward with a design
recommendation. In the March 2014 updated assessment, the facility space was
more specifically identified at 156,699 square feet. HOK also brought forward
a request from the clerk of court to add additional space for the clerk of
court administration, archives and probation intake, increasing the estimated
needed space to 180,767 square feet. However, the commission confirmed that
certain functions of the clerk of court, including administration, archives
and probation intake, need not be located in the judicial facility and
directed the contractor to proceed with the 156,699 square feet design.
The commission also addressed concerns that the new judicial facility was not
to be located on property that the county already owned. The board agreed to
add a location preference option to the proposed judicial center ballot. In
addition to selecting if they support a local option sales tax to fund a new
judicial center, voters will have the option of voicing their preference for
the U.S. Hwy. 90 property or property already owned by the county in East
Milton. The contractor will now look at county owned property to select the
most appropriate 22 acres and develop a second design plan and cost
Feb. 27, 2014 - The commission voted to
move forward with negotiating a contract with Coldwell Banker for the purchase
of 22. 46 acres to include the U.S. Hwy. 90 - front property. By including the
acreage on U.S. Hwy. 90, they would be able to direct what was built in front
of the judicial center and allow room for future growth.
Feb. 24, 2014 - The board reviewed three
options of alternative layouts of the Coldwell Banker Property located on U.S. Hwy.
90. The parcel is large and has four pricing tiers based on the proximity to
the highway. The board asked staff to research costs associated with two
layouts of the eastern side of the property.
Feb. 13, 2014 - The board selected moving
forward on the Coldwell Banker Realtor site on U.S. Hwy. 90 because it is
centrally located, has the needed travel infrastructure, and offers the best
opportunity for future growth without conflicting with residential or
industrial use. The board asked staff to review layout alternatives on the
property as the site offered a four tiered pricing system, with the most
expensive adjacent to Hwy. 90 and becoming less expensive as it goes further
back on the property.
Feb. 10, 2014 - Discussion of two proposed
judicial facility sites, U.S. Hwy. 90 represented by Coldwell Banker Realtors
and Avalon Boulevard owned by JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC. This item was moved to
Jan. 23, 2014 - The commission selected
moving forward with the evaluation process of the Coldwell Banker site on U.S.
Hwy. 90 and the JDL of Santa Rosa LLC site on Avalon Boulevard. The evaluation
would include a foot print for the building and estimated costs for site work and
purchase of the property.
Jan. 21, 2014 - Michael Broussard of Hatch
Mott McDonald presented to the board a matrix developed analyzing the four
sites selected in the Dec. 12, 2013 meeting. The board moved the item to the
Jan. 23 agenda with the understanding that they would prioritize the list to
the two best locations after considering updated number on traffic concurrency.
Proposed New Judicial Center Prior 2016
Dec. 12, 2013 - The commission selected
four sites to move forward with and directed staff to work with HOK, Inc. &
Hatch Mott MacDonald to create a comparative analysis of the four properties
which included the JDL of Santa Rosa, LLC; BTF of Florida, LLC; Coldwell Banker
Commercial for Charter Bank, and Neal & Company proposed sites.
Dec. 9, 2013 - The commission discussed
the six site proposals received from the RFP process. Commissioners Williamson
and Lynchard abstained for this item due to personal conflicts with the
properties being considered. The item was moved to Dec. 12 meeting.
Nov. 12, 2013 - Deadline for RFPs. Six
Oct. 12 & 17, 2013 - RFP legal notice was
advertised in the Press Gazette, Navarre Press and Gulf Breeze News. The RFP
was open and available for 30 days on the county website.
Sept. 23 & 26, 2013 - The commission reviewed the
proposed RFP developed by staff and approved issuing the RFP for property for a
proposed judicial site.
Sept. 9 & 12, 2013 - The board reviewed the
property in the target area and contacted the property owners of four potential
sites, two on Hwy. 90, one on Dogwood Boulevard, and one on Avalon Boulevard.
To make cast the widest net in the identified area, the board directed staff to
develop and RFP, or request for proposal, for sites within a two and 1/2 mile
radius and consisting of 12-20 acres.
Aug. 22, 2013 - The commission directed
staff to assemble a list of potential parcels with a minimum of eleven acres
within a two mile radius of the U.S. Hwy. 90 and Avalon Boulevard intersection
for potential judicial facility sites.
Aug. 19, 2013 - The board discussed areas
for a proposed judicial facility and reviewed information on travel times of
key locations throughout the county. Staff identified the intersections of
Avalon and U.S. Hwy. 90 and Avalon and Commerce as being the center of the
travel time estimates.
Aug. 5 & 8, 2013 Meetings - The
commission discussed and approved a contract with HOK, Inc. for site
identification and design services for a proposed judicial facility which was
discussed at the July 22, 2013 meeting. HOK stated that the courthouse would
need nine to 12 acres and that the shape of the land would impact the shape of
the building. Also of consideration were traffic access, street frontage,
utilities, cost effectiveness and location for a 100-year vision.
July 22, 2013 Commission Meeting - Duncan
Broyd from HOK, Inc. made a presentation on the recommended process for moving
forward with a new judicial center. The process would be completed in three
phases - Phase I will consist of site identification and selection, Phase II
will include the preliminary design and project cost estimates, and Phase III
is public meetings and presentations.
July 11, 2013 Judicial Center Special Workshop - At this
meeting, the board reviewed the needs identified by HOK in 2012 including the
need for a building that was approximately 146,000 square feet and included
growth space for future additions. County Administrator Hunter Walker stated
that the issues that will need to be determined are:
- Should the
county pursue a judicial facility at this time?
- Where should the
facility be located?
- How should it be
- Should the
project be delivered as a construction management or design build project?
The commission asked staff to reengage with HOK to update the
facilities needs assessment, determine if phasing would be an appropriate
option, and engage the court administration and clerk of courts in the process.
A travel time study to help determine a central site location was also assigned
Mar. 8, 2012 Commission Meeting - Duncan
Broyd of HOK, Inc. presented the concept design and programing update. The plan
included the space and building options need for a new judicial center based on
the interviews with judges, court administration, clerk of courts, state
attorney, public defender, sheriff and bar association. An estimated nine acres
was needed for the design. Based on two recent courthouse examples, he
estimated that cost to construct a new judicial facility at approximately $32
million at today's prices, and did not include land and site development costs.
Dec. 5 & 8, 2011 Commission Meetings - The
commission accepted the fee summary submitted by HOK, Inc. for concept design
and programming update for a new judicial facility. The plan would include
meetings with judges, court administration, the clerk of court, state attorney,
public defender, sheriff and bar association to determine their current and
future needs in order to update the 2007 plan prepared by HOK. The plan would
include a budget estimate for construction and presentation of their findings
to the board in the spring of 2012.
Nov. 7 & 10, 2011 Commission Meetings - The
commission directed staff to work with HOK, Inc. to update the courthouse
facility needs assessment completed in 2001 and 2007.