Augusta County Courthouse

Take Action to Preserve the Courts

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

The future of the Augusta County Courthouse will be decided on November 8. If the referendum passes to move the county courts and county seat to Verona, there is no guarantee that the county, the city or private business will find a practical use for one of the most significant historic properties in our region. Abandonment of the 1901 Courthouse as a functioning court could also threaten the character and viability of other historic properties nearby. Both the city and the county benefit from the preservation of the historic character of downtown Staunton. The daily function and vibrant...

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Courthouse action NOW!

Posted on Oct 30, 2015

All of us interested in preserving the Augusta County Courthouse in its present use and location need to let our City Council and Board of Supervisors representatives know how we feel ASAP. In the past week, letters between City of Staunton and Augusta County  officials made public the issues that are stalling agreement. The County Board of Supervisors agreed at their meeting on Wednesday to continue negotiations until December 1. The most significant areas of contention are the allocation of costs and accuracy of planning data. Other issues are largely details that can be addressed through...

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Consolidated courts would be a win-win

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

By Paula Rau. Published in Staunton News Leader October 13, 2015. As the News Leader paper pointed out in its Oct. 4 editorial on regionalism and court consolidation, and Wilson Vellines reiterated in his letter to the editor on Oct. 8, the benefits of keeping the Augusta County Courthouse in its present location far outweigh those of building a new courthouse in a different location. Frazier and Associates has presented a plan for a beautiful new court complex downtown incorporating the existing courthouse restored to its former elegance and updated to meet all the space and security...

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Augusta County Courthouse: In the News

Posted on Oct 8, 2015

Courthouse: County sets up committee to map out options. Gabe Cavallaro, NewsLeader. May 25, 2017 Staunton’s ready to talk about courthouse. Mayor Carolyn Dull. May 17, 2017 Staunton: City, county need to sit down and discuss courthouse solutions. Gabe Cavallaro, NewsLeader. May 15, 2017 Let’s get on with the courthouse renovation. Paula Rau. April 14, 2017 Va. AG: County can’t move courthouse to adjacent land. Gabe Cavallaro, NewsLeader. April 5, 2017 What’s next for Augusta Courthouse? . Chip Clarke, March 31, 2017  Consolidated courts would be a win-win. Paula Rau....

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Courthouse Consolidation Plan

Posted on Aug 13, 2015

Frazier and Associates revealed its plan for a consolidated court complex just prior to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors vote on whether to move forward with the referendum to relocate the county seat and court facilities to Verona.  The new plan incorporates the 1901 Augusta County Courthouse, the existing Cochran Judicial Center, and a new connected building at the current Union Bank location. This study clearly illustrates a blend of new and rehabilitated historic buildings that will create an excellent, convenient, and secure facility. The proposal addresses all the current and...

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Support for the Augusta County Courthouse

Posted on May 26, 2015

Dear Members and Friends, Can you imagine the Augusta County Courthouse abandoned and its windows covered with plywood? This could happen if the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and Staunton City Council cannot come to terms on what portion of the cost of bringing it up to 21st Century standards each should pay. The city is justifiably reluctant to invest the amount the county has requested in a building that they do not own. If together they do not find a solution, the county has scheduled a November referendum in which Augusta County residents can decide whether or not they want to pay...

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Supporting Rehabilitation of the Augusta County Courthouse

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

HSF has issued its Policy Statement regarding the Augusta County Courthouse. Please visit Supporting Rehabilitation of the Augusta County Courthouse which includes our statement and supporting information.

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