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Courthouse to be built in Castaic Junction

The Santa Clarita Valley’s Castaic Junction has been selected as the latest location for a new courthouse proposed for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, state authorities said Thursday.

The new facility would be located on 6.1 acres of private land near the Old Road and Henry Mayo Drive, and not far from the interchange of Interstate 5 and California 126, according to information released by the Judicial Council of California. It would replace the Santa Clarita Courthouse and Annex, which have been deemed “unsafe, overcrowded and physically deficient,” officials said.

Selection of the site was approved by the State Public Works Board, leaving the administrative office of the courts to begin the environmental review process, officials said.  This must be completed before architectural design of the new courthouse can begin, officials said.

The proposed project would house four courtrooms in about 54,000 square feet, with available space for future expansion of up to six additional courtrooms, according to information from the judicial council.

Los Angeles County is working on an exchange of equity in the existing courthouse to supplement purchase of the new property, state officials said. The project is being financed by a Senate Bill 1407, which provides up to $5 billion in funding for new and renovated courthouses using court fees, penalties and assessments rather than the state’s General Fund, officials said.

Construction of the new courthouse is expected to begin in the fall of 2014 and be completed in early 2016.

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