Dade County residents could soon be voting on a new bond issue to fund the construction of a $368 million courthouse.
The existing 273,884 courthouse was built in 1928, and will need $25 million in emergency repairs to continue operating while a new courthouse is built. The courthouse is also undersized, and should have 430,500 square feet to accommodate current needs. To accommodate future needs, the courthouse will need to be about 620,000 square feet.
Building a new 20 to 25 story courthouse on county-owned land would cost $353 million, according to HOK Architects, who consulted for the county. All Aboard Florida quoted the county $368 million for a similar sized building that would be part of the downtown terminal project.
Bonds would be issued for a principal amount of up to $550 million, including refinancing of debt for the HOK-designed Children’s Courthouse, which still hasn’t opened. It will cost the owner of an average $200,000 home in Dade an extra $18 per year in property tax. County commissioners will vote next week on whether to add it to the November ballot.