For Centre County government to get the green light on its court project in Bellefonte, it must go through the borough’s various boards.
That process began this week.
County representatives presented the project, which would combine the Courthouse Annex and Temple Court Building, to the Bellefonte Borough Council during its work session Monday night. The county also is looking for permission to create a High Street entrance to the complex and dress up the streetscape with planters and a walkway from the courthouse.
“I think for the most part, it was very well-received,” Board of Commissioners Steve Dershem said of the meeting. “We have a few tweaks in there, but that’s going to keep us pretty busy for awhile.”
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The county purchased a 10-foot-by-140-foot chunk of the former Hotel Do De property to make room for its project. County officials would like to get the project started by June or July.
Borough Manager Ralph Stewart said the council had questions and concerns about the project including whether trees would be appropriate for planters, how the pathway would be lighted and if drivers turning onto High Street would have enough time to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Stewart said feedback from the council encompassed mostly items that would be quick fixes and wouldn’t delay the project.
“Most of the questions were what I would say to be minor and would improve things that could be easily addressed or changed,” he said.
The next step will to be secure project approved by the borough’s Planning Commission and Historical Architecture Review Board before it goes back to the council for final approval.
The county will present the project to the both bodies later this month, and Stewart said if everything goes well, it should be back before the council by one of the two April meetings.