BROOKSVILLE — Several county departments recently moved to a new location effective Feb. 1, paving the way for an expansion of the County Courthouse.
County Administration, Human Resources, Management and Budget, Purchasing and Contracts, and Public Information are now at 15470 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville. These departments were previously at the Government Center on Main Street.
The move was in order to accommodate courthouse improvements, such as security and four additional courtrooms, according to Hernando County Administrator Jeff Rogers.
“They needed to expand, so the county administration offices that were in the courthouse needed to leave so they could use that space,” said Rogers.
The cost for the courtroom expansion project is estimated to be $15 million, and it will be partially funded by court fees, county impact fees, and the rest from the county property taxes. Rent at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport facility where these county departments will be housed is $20,000 per month, with the county anticipating these offices to be at this new location for the next several years.
The courthouse has begun the final design phase of the expansion project, and is looking to start the bidding process for construction numbers by the summertime. Existing office spaces that were previously used by county administration are being redesigned and repurposed for the clerk of the court, while the clerk of the court spaces will be turned into courtrooms.
Currently, the courthouse entrance is being improved for safety and security measures. Additionally, the Planning Department is going to be moved within the Building Department. Rogers explained that space modifications will be paid for by surplus properties sold by the county two to three years ago.
All department phone numbers and emails will remain the same. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, visit www.hernandocounty.us.