The Marion County Board of Supervisors met with an architect from Neumann-Monson of Des Moines Tuesday to discuss possible county projects aimed at alleviating some of the overcrowding of offices in the Courthouse and increasing ADA access by reworking the south entrance.
Supervisor Mark Raymie says the proposed projects are purely conceptual at this phase and that going forward the county may decide that they are not necessary. Two possible sites for administrative buildings, one to the east of the courthouse next to the jewelry store and a new building adjacent to the Law Enforcement Center, were considered. Those two buildings were quoted at $5.5 million and $8.5 million respectively. Raymie called the proposed buildings state of the art and added there is a lot to consider before either project would get underway. The third project, redoing the south entrance, was quoted at $437,000. The Supervisors are going to re-visit the proposals after 30 days in order to gather more information and discuss options.