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Halifax County buys courthouse square building

SoVaNow.com / February 08, 2018

Halifax County is purchasing the Edmunds Law Office Building on the courthouse square for $30,000 after the Halifax County Board of Supervisors discussed the matter Monday night in closed session.

According to County Administrator Jim Halasz, as soon as the transaction is finalized the county will own all five law office buildings on the courthouse square. Other recent purchases include the law office building of James Midkiff and George Bagwell, as well as two buildings once owned by the late Mickey Lewis and Howard Anderson.

Halasz said the county has no definite plans for the small brick offices. Two of the five will probably be used to store records and other materials during the courthouse renovation project, he said.

Only two of the five offices have bathrooms and running water, Halasz said, adding that the county will assess what the buildings can be used for.

“Our primary desire was to be sure that each one is in good condition and looks good,” said Halasz, “since we are spending a lot of money to renovate the courthouse and we want the surrounding buildings to be attractive as well.”



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The county buys the rest of the law offices because in the words of Administrator Jim Halasz, “Our primary desire was to be sure that each one is in good condition and looks good,” said Halasz, “since we are spending a lot of money to renovate the courthouse and we want the surrounding buildings to be attractive as well.” BUT they have stonewalled the Commonwealth Attorney in renovating a building that is a disgrace and a public endangerment. I have no problem with making all buildings on Courthouse Square fully functional, in good condition, and looking good but that must include the Courthouse Annex which houses the Commonwealth Attorney's Offices. And while we are at it, can there finally be transparency and accountability on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and reveal all details to the public of this ever expanding and expensive project.


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