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More than three years later and still no Middletown Courthouse

Former fed courthouse collecting dust while the city and state negotiate

MIDDLETOWN – It has been over 3 ½ years since the Middletown Common Council voted to purchase the former federal courthouse building in the city for conversion to a city courthouse.

In 2015 Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther secured $2.7 million to purchase the building. The city was to add $650,000 toward the total price tag, which will include an addition to the building to make way for second courtroom.

But, the state and city have yet to come to an agreement as to the layout and total cost and Mayor Joseph DeStefano acknowledges the project is dragging on.

“Costs are going to be a big issue and we have some ideas and we have some ideas on how to bring those costs down, but we are negotiating with the state and we hope to have something moving forward in the next few months,” DeStefano said.

Originally the total cost was projected at $3.3 million.

At present, city court is held in the city hall complex.  The common council chambers are doubling as a second courtroom during daytime hours.


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