$7.2M more needed to renovate historic York County courthouse

Posted August 18, 2014 11:53 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Nearly 15 years worth of cost overruns, structural issues and construction surprises have added another $7.2 million to York County’s efforts to renovate and restore the historic courthouse in York.

York County staff presented the latest financials on the project Monday night. The renovations, first approved by council in 1999, were scheduled to be finished in 2010 but remain in the early stages of the process.

“This has been an absolute disaster,” said York County Council chairman Britt Blackwell after hearing the $7.2 million price tag to finish the courthouse work. “I’m not trying to pick on the previous council…but this is the true definition of a money pit.”

Demolishing the site is not an option, assistant county manager David Larson said, because the courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.