Running out of room, Douglas County is studying solutions to its downtown space needs

Faced with the reality that it is running out of room for its downtown operations, the Douglas County government has commissioned a study that could recommend construction of a new building on Massachusetts Street.

Sarah Plinsky, assistant county administrator, said the two buildings on the county’s 11th Street campus, the Douglas County Courthouse and the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, are filled to capacity. The absence of any ground on the campus on which to expand either building adds to the problem, she said.

At the same time, a number of county departments need more space. For example, the Douglas County District Court will have an increased demand for courtroom space with the County Commission’s decision to fund in 2018 a new pro tem judge, and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office needs to find room to squeeze in four new employees who will start next year.

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