Construction To Begin On New Pueblo Judicial Building

By: Kendra Potter Email
By: Kendra Potter Email

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction of Pueblo County’s new $52 million judicial building.

The five-story, 16 courtroom building has been in the works for over a decade.

The historic groundbreaking is a moment that 10th Judicial District Chief Judge Dennis Maes has been waiting 16 years for.
“It's going to be a beautiful building that will provide access to justice and be a symbol of the rule of law that we enjoy in the United States. And at the same time it's going to put many people to work,” said The Honorable Dennis Maes.

Judge Maes says getting a new judicial building has been a need in the community since 1998. He believes the architecture of the building is beautiful and will be a real eye-catcher in the community. The design of the building has already won an award.

Project officials say the building will not only be “state-of-the-art” but the complex will also offer new services to the people of the community. Judge Maes says it will be a “better way of doing business.”

The new judicial complex will provide a jury assembly room, a place where jurors can meet instead of having to travel in and out of courtroom to find where they need to be.

An expanded first appearance center addresses the needs of people who received tickets. Judge Maes believes about 70 to 80 percent of those cases will have their ticket taken care of in the initial appearance, allowing people to go about their business.

The new facility will also have an expanded mediation room where people can get their cases mediated and settled without having to go to a trial. It’s a procedure The Honorable Dennis Maes believes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of handling things.

The Chief Judge thinks the building is something that people can be proud of for many years.
He says construction of the center will also provide a huge economic boost to the region, creating over 200 new jobs for the course of construction.

It’s also a project that tax payers don’t have to empty their wallets to pay for.

“In addition to a building that’s absolutely needed, that will provide access to justice and support the rule of law, but they will not have to pay taxes on this. It will be financed through other revenue streams,” said The Honorable Dennis Maes.

The project will be located in the heart of downtown. Project officials hope the building will attract more business to the downtown area.
When completed, the new judicial building will be five stories high. It is being built on formerly vacant land on Fourth Street, between Elizabeth and West Streets.

Previously, Pueblo County Commissioners approved the county selling $55 million in bonds to finance the building.

Construction on the complex is expected to be completed by January 2014.

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  • by jody Location: pueblo on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
    when will the construction take place? Im looking for a job?
  • by llortie on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
    Pueblo Sux!!!
  • by Witness on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    There you have it folks, the biggest gathering of idiots you will ever see in your lifetime.
  • by Citizen Location: Pueblo on Feb 1, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    Are the Stooges going to pay for the additional employees needed to staff this building that they shoved down our throats? Just one of their salaries can pay at least three real workers.
  • by Roddney on Feb 1, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    I remember Sandra Mann giving BJ's to the old Da back there!
  • by Greydog on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    I guess the cops (Revenue generators) will have to work overtime for a while giving out speeding tickets to pay for this.
  • by M on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    Um is this really necessary? There is nothing wrong with the building we have now. Just a waste of my tax money. That money should be used to help save some of those schools in d60
  • by Voter Location: Pueblo on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    Chostner and Nunez should be made to dig the foundation with teaspoons. CHOSTNER - YOU LOST MY VOTE FOR DA. WE ALREADY HAVE A FOOL IN THAT OFFICE.
  • by John Location: Pueblo on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    Question; Just where do they think the money to pay off the bonds will come from? Don’t bond issues have to be put to the voters for acceptance? I mean they have already cut funding to much worthier areas of the budget and now are spending $55 million for a new court house????
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