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Hall County nearing completion of courthouse annex
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Hall County Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix points out detail of a courtroom during a tour of the Hall County Courthouse Annex renovations in Gainesville on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

Hall County is nearing completion of its courthouse annex renovation, which will house Juvenile and Probate courts.

"Once we get the elevator installed, that'll be the big, major part that we've been waiting on," Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix said.

The elevator installation is a minimum six-week process, which requires testing and approval from groups including the local and state fire marshals.

“Last thing we want to do is get in a new building and have our elevator not working properly,” Nix said.

The ongoing construction has caused some challenges for those seeking to use the deed room, Nix said. The annex formerly housed county offices after the current courthouse was constructed. Hall County government relocated in 2012 to the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road.

The renovation will allow the county to extend the life of the existing courthouse, which will have a fifth Superior Court judge starting in the coming weeks.

The new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has been moved in, as well as a sprinkler system, which was not required at the time of the building’s creation.

The timetable the county has maintained was for the end of January or the beginning of February, but Nix and others are being cautious.

One of the main concerns is security, so Nix and project manager Dwaine Wilson want to have cameras and the doors in place for testing and certification.

“You could rush those things, but if you get it wrong, there’s no way to do it right again. You’ve got to really take your time when you’re testing those systems and make sure everything’s in place before we open this thing up,” Nix said.

The project is being funded by the special purpose local option sales tax. Nix said the review committee is hoping to meet next month at the annex.

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