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State looking into feasibility of new Springfield courthouse

Monday’s announcement comes just weeks before a trial is set to begin in an attempt to shut down the courthouse.
Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 4:38 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2022 at 7:19 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - There are new details surrounding the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield.

In a letter to the Massachusetts Trial Court, the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, or DCAMM, said they are going to explore the feasibility of a new court complex.

DCAMM has already moved forward with a dehumidification project in the building, and had previously approved a $91 million rehabilitation of the building which is slated to start this summer.

Monday’s announcement comes just weeks before a trial is set to begin in an attempt to shut down the courthouse.

Attorneys said an independent study showed toxic, cancer-causing mold inside the building. Mold issues shut the courthouse down for weeks last year.

Commissioner Carol Gladstone said, in part, quote:

“To ensure that any decision regarding next steps for the court complex is thoroughly vetted, in addition to the two projects laid out above, DCAMM plans to procure a consultant to undertake a site assessment and feasibility study of constructing a new court complex.”

Attorney Jeff Morneau, who lead the push for the shutdown of the current building, said this all happened quickly Monday.

“We literally found out about it minutes, if not hours before the time the media picked it up, so we’re not getting advanced notice,” Morneau told us. “Whoever got it to you first, it’s probably the same amount of time we found out about it.”

DCAMM said the site assessment and feasibility study will be conducted in two parts, the first being the compilation of a list of possible sites and selecting a preferred site, then conducting some testing in that preferred site.