Revamped courthouse opens its doors for business
New, larger courtroom to allow for superior court cases in Homer
By Sean Pearson
HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson
After more than a year of planning, building and polishing up, the Homer District Courthouse unveiled its new digs Friday with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with attorneys, judges, troopers, the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court – and plenty of cake and punch.
Employees at the courthouse took time out of their workday to welcome visitors and offer tours of the new building.
Alaska Chief Justice Dana Fabe opened the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a few words about the quality of judges in Homer, adding that she was a “young attorney” who often appeared before Jim Hornaday in court.
“But when I knew him, he was Judge Hornaday,” Fabe explained. “It’s kind of hard to get used to calling him ‘mayor.’”
Hornaday, who retired from the bench in 1989, former district judge Francis Neville and current district judge Margaret Murphy joined together to cut the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the new Homer Courthouse for “business.”
Sunland Construction remodeled and expanded the old courthouse, adding nearly 6,500 square feet and logging more than 1,000 man hours to complete the project. The project revamped the old layout of the building, remodeled the current courtroom, and added an adjoining office complex to include a second courtroom capable of handling Superior Court trials.
“Having the new courtroom available for Superior Court cases is going to be a great advantage for Homer,” Fabe said of the expansion. “With case loads going as they are now, Homer is well on it’s way to having a Superior Court here.”
Darcy Treadway, Homer Clerk of Court, indicated that crews will be paving the side parking lot and adding a few finishing touches to the building over time.
“We’re thrilled with the remodel,” Treadway said. “It’s so nice to finally have everyone in the same building.”
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on Jul 2nd, 2009 and filed under Headline News
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