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Darlington courtroom renovations in the works

(Source: Darlington Police) (Source: Darlington Police)
(Source: Darlington Police) (Source: Darlington Police)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The City of Darlington is working on renovating a new courtroom. The project is a USDA partnership project they have been working on for about four years which finally got approved last year. It will be a dual purpose room for uses of municipal court and the new council chambers. This will save the city and taxpayers money.  

When the building was erected it did not take into consideration the handicapped, accessibility, or a heightened need for security for both the judge and council members, the new designs takes all those into consideration and will not require building a new structure. The new courtroom is safer and a more accessible courtroom.

Darlington City Police Chief Danny Watson said the entire courtroom is being redone. They are taking the old stadium seating out and replacing it with bench (church pews). The total project cost is around $97,000 and the city is responsible for about 50%. This will give the city a much more presentable accessible technology advanced room.  USDA awarded the city a grant to help pay for the changes, they are paying about half of the cost.

The city will replace jury seating and will have council chambers in the court room to accommodate more people. The ceiling will be lowered with new light fixtures and a sound system will be installed, along with a new screen projector for public to view presentations, court evidence ext. 

Watson said, the room has not been renovated since 1963. Renovations will be done in stages over a couple of months and the room will still be used as the renovations are completed. 

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