County OK’s expansion and renovation of Juvenile Court

BATAVIA, OH – The Board of County Commissioners have awarded the bid for a 29,000-square-foot expansion and renovation of Juvenile Court to Mark Spaulding Construction Company of Florence, Ky. The bid was for $7.5 million for the base project, with a grand total of $8 million that includes proposed alternates.

The project will consist of five courtrooms, administrative offices, holding cells and high density filing rooms for the Courts as well as individual offices for Juvenile Probation along with conference rooms and group activity rooms.

“The expansion of the Juvenile Court facility allows the Court to combine staff and services from five buildings into one location,” Judge James Shriver said. “I extend my deepest thanks to the Board of County Commissioners for embracing the difficult operational challenges encountered by the Court.  The expansion of the facility will allow greater flexibility to provide for the care, protection and development of children and address the multiple issues presented to this Court on a daily basis.”

Bonnie Batchler, President, Board of County Commissioners, said: “We’re grateful for the opportunity to support those who work so hard each day to work with the youth of our community. This expansion and renovation will help them more efficiently go about their important work.”

David Painter, Vice President, Board of County Commissioners, said: “Clermont County is committed to providing the best facility for those who devote so much time and energy to helping families and children. We’re excited for the courts to move into an upgraded work environment.”

Commissioner Claire Corcoran said: “This expansion and renovation will help bolster Clermont County’s work with the juvenile population. We’re appreciative of the great work of the courts and probation and want to provide them with a top-quality facility.”

Mark Spaulding Construction has been given the notice to proceed as of Feb. 27, 2022, on the project designed to bring Juvenile Court, Juvenile Probation and Probate Court under one roof.  County capital funds will pay for the project off Bauer Road, on Clermont Center Drive, in Batavia.

MSA Architects is serving as architect.