Commissioners vote to rebuild Chatham courthouse

March 31, 2010 9:59:54 AM PDT
Chatham County Commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the future of the historic courthouse destroyed by fire last week.

Leaders want to know what can be done to salvage what's left of the building while they work to find ways to pay the construction bill.

Commissioners unanimously voted to rebuild the partially gutted landmark.

"This is a building that's of great significance, not only to Pittsboro and Chatham County but also to the entire state," Chatham County Vice-Chair George Lucier said. "We've been told this by Governor Perdue and other state officials, and they've pledged to help any way that they can."

Commissioners do not know how much the construction will cost.

"We have to go through the insurance process," Lucier explained. "We're looking for grants, we're gonna seek federal aid, state aid, and we're will work towards the cost of this to not be borne by the Chatham county taxpayers."

The DOT has developed a plan to route traffic through Pittsboro around the courthouse, which currently is a work zone.

Green lines will indicate where traffic is allowed and read lines outline the zone that is unsafe. Only construction workers involved in the cleanup and renovation will be allowed in restricted areas.

Commissioners will meet again Monday to discuss more details.

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