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Report: Brown Co. Courthouse Needs More Parking, Public Meeting Space

Brown County is looking to refresh its courthouse. (WFIU/WTIU News)

Brown County leaders and residents learned more about proposed changes to the courthouse this week. DLZ Engineering presented county commissioners and the county council with suggestions for improving the facility at a meeting Wednesday night.

Among other changes, the firm says more parking and space for large public meetings are needed. But, DLZ stopped short of outlining how to address those issues.

Diana Biddle is a Brown County Commissioner. She says DLZ is expected to address county leaders and local residents again during a special session in June.

“Some of the things they came up with were surprising to us,” Biddle says. “Especially the part where they thought the best use of the old court offices was to create the commissioner’s offices.”

Biddle says the DLZ assessment cost just under $20,000. She says Brown County will develop plans following the final assessment’s release.

Depending on what’s in the report, the county could consider building a new facility or renovating the existing courthouse.

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