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Transylvania Courthouse Information and Survey

The County is looking for feedback about what to do about the courthouse.  Their current two options include moving to a new facility on Morris Road, or remodeling within the existing building, and property.  We added a 3rd common option: to stay in the downtown area, but in a new location and building.  Heart of Brevard would like your opinion on this and some pros and cons for each are shown below.  Please view the information below before viewing the survey, then vote for your preference.

If you have concerns about this, please email the County at:[email protected] .

FullSizeRenderList of Pros & ConsCourthouse Pros & Cons – HOB 

List of Pros & ConsArchitect’s Presentation: 

Please email your thoughts and suggestions to[email protected].

Please feel free to take our brief online survey:  



Other related links to studies and articles about courthouse locations:

Study – Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive: http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/pbs/PC_jrnl_Pub_bldgs_keep_townctrs_alive.pdf 

Study – The importance of Government Facilities in Downtowns:  http://fyi.uwex.edu/downtowneconomics/files/2012/08/DowntownCountySeatStudyFinal.pdf

Study – Economic Impact of Historic Preservation –  courthouse “rehabilitation” that has caused economic improvement in Texas: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/public/upload/publications/economic-impact-historic-preservation.pdf

Study – Restoring courthouses for positive economic impact:  http://www.landmarks.org/pdfs/DriehausCourthouseInitiativeReport_FINAL_Spreads_condensed.pdf

Study – Re-purposing courthouses: http://www.pps.org/reference/courts-in-a-new-paradigm-of-place/

Article – Courthouse that moved out of historic center 40 years ago, now moving back for safety and economic concerns:  http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/olympia/2015/05/21/thurston-county-courthouse-move/27712491/

Article – Osceola, AR:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/us/arkansas-town-frets-over-possible-loss-of-courthouse-and-identity.html?_r=0

Article – Salsbury, NC:  http://ui.uncc.edu/story/downtowns-losing-government-offices-lincolnton-waxhaw-salisbury-main-streets

Article – Clarksville, GA:   http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/m/archives/28964/

Article – Moving the courthouse to a population center:  http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/27571/prince-georges-could-move-its-government-closer-to-more-residents/

Article – Macon, GA:  http://www.macon.com/news/article28574791.html

Article – Los Angeles is building a $318M courthouse downtown:  http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/17/local/la-me-downtown-courthouse-20121217

Article – Courthouse impact on downtown:  http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2014/05/21/county-courthouse-vital-downtown/2332106/

Article – San Diego keeps its most expensive building downtown:  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2014/feb/21/courthouse-state-downtown/