The $230 million courthouse complex, which will house the criminal and civil terms of Supreme Court, as well as Criminal Court, is now set to open in June. NYLJ/Rick Kopstein
The completion of a new courthouse on Staten Island has been pushed back to June in the face of minor setbacks with materials and delays following Hurricane Sandy.
When construction of the five-story, 180,000-square-foot complex in the St. George section started in September 2008, the completion date was set for August 2012. But after the general contractor had to re-bid the job in 2009, the completion date was pushed back to this month.
The courthouse will have 14 courtrooms for civil and criminal cases, offices, and holding pens for 54 prisoners as well as an adjacent nearly 700-space, four-story parking garage, which opened in 2010. The complex is LEED silver-certified, meaning it meets the standards of high-performance green buildings.
The project's price tag is about $230 million, according to Ronald Younkins, Office of Court Administration executive director.
The project was originally expected to cost $208 million, according the website of the Dormitory Authority, the state agency managing the project on behalf of New York City, which provides the financing.
Still left to be completed are interior and exterior finishes, flooring, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing work, according to the Dormitory Authority.
The new completion date is set for this June, with court officials planning a move in late summer or early fall.
The complex will house the civil and criminal terms of Supreme Court, as well as Criminal Court.
Currently, the Supreme Court criminal term and a portion of the civil term are located at nearby 18 Richmond Terrace, a courthouse that opened in 1919. The remainder of the civil term is at nearby 130 Stuyvesant Place, the same building that houses the Richmond County District Attorney's Office, and one civil term justice is stationed at Borough Hall. The Criminal Court is now about two miles away.