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October 23, 2012

Haverhill court to get makeover

Upgrades, new heating and ventilation systems, exterior improvements part of project

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“Our building is almost a half-century old and is currently inaccessible to people with disabilities,” Abany said. “We hope to rehabilitate and modernize the courthouse. We want it to become a safe, secure and accessible building for the communities of Haverhill, Boxford, Georgetown, and Groveland.”

Dempsey said the project will be funded in two parts: The first round will consist of $1 million this year and another $3 million in Fiscal 2014. He said the money is guaranteed.

The project was first approved in the state’s 2008 capital facilities bond legislation. That legislation authorized the state to sell bonds to finance projects specified in the law, Dempsey said. Selected projects then receive money at the discretion of the governor.

Dempsey said he worked closely with the Gov. Deval Patrick’s office to see the courthouse project included in the governor’s 2013 Capital Investment Plan.

The project will be managed by the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, which is working to prioritize the order of repairs, Dempsey said.

“The building in its current state does not provide access to those who need to conduct business or perform their civil duty and does not provide a proper work environment for employees or visitors to the court,” Dempsey said. “These improvements will allow it to remain a resource to the city and provide service and convenience to Haverhill’s citizens.”

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