Monday, March 20, 2006

New County Offices Site . . .


The Dare County Commissioners recently decided to build a new Dare County administration building on the site of the Dare County Justice Center in Manteo. The Heery build/design firm will be contracted to design and construct the new facility, which will house all of the remaining County offices that are currently located downtown Manteo.

The Dare County Justice Center (pictured above) was built about 3 years ago, and houses the Clerk of Superior Court offices, five courtrooms (Superior Court, District Criminal Court, District Civil Court, Magistrate Court, and one additional courtroom), Judge's chambers, District Attorney offices, Dare County Sheriff's Office, Register of Deeds, and the Dare County Tax office. The Heery design won a number of national and international design/build awards.

The new site will make it much easier and more convenient for citizens to conduct County and judicial related business. The move will create a void down Manteo, where locally owned, small shops and restaurants have benefited from all of the County offices and courts located nearby.

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