Officials broke ground on a Rutherford County Judicial Center in Downtown Murfreesboro to replace the courthouse on the square.
They broke ground Friday on the 6-story building set to be on the north side of West Lytle Street not far from the current courthouse.
“I'm glad that we've been able to keep the courthouse in Downtown Murfreesboro. I like to preserve the heart of the business center, the historic courthouse in the center of the square,” said District Attorney General, Jennings Jones. “Court was held there many years, and with this courthouse only being a couple blocks away, I like the idea that we're keeping everything centrally located.
The new judicial building will open with 12 courtrooms, and have an unfinished floor so that more can be added if necessary.
Officials have also planned to build a parking garage for the new facility, which was scheduled to open in two years. Officials said it will be a very secure building.