When built, City Hall was laid out with police, courts and detention laid out pretty efficiently but times changed, priorities changed and the rules have changed. The decision in 1990 to split the police off to a distant location left the court an island unto its own. Now a proposed fix up of the court is forcing the City to spend upwards of two million dollars on renovations for a second judge and also better security.
The judge has been there a couple or three years and it's working with one courtroom although improving security in the lobby is a legitimate concern. So far the judges have been working with each other and haven't complained. Of course with the rapid escalation of judicial salaries, they should be happy working in a closet.
Council is grappling with all this and the dragging on of talks with OCA is baffling as well. It's not just the dollars, but the notion of providing what the state wants in a building that's old and laid out with different intentions.
The project isn't expected to proceed very quickly so the cost is pushed out further too and there is no effect on this year's budget.