A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Multnomah County’s Central Courthouse, a 17-story building with 44 courtrooms that is scheduled to open in 2020. The estimated cost of the project is $300 million and it will be built at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. The courthouse that it will replace is more than 100 years old and is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
Speakers include leaders who have championed the project:
- Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
- Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer
- State Senator Richard Devlin
- Oregon House Majority Leader Representative Jennifer Williamson
- Presiding Judge for Multnomah County Nan Waller
- Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack
Tuesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Remarks will begin indoors, followed by groundbreaking ceremony outside at about 10:45 a.m.
Due to the forecast for rain, the speakers program will be held in the second floor conference room of Jefferson Station at 1230 SW First Ave. Following the remarks, project leaders will grab shovels for a dirt-turning ceremony outside in front of a track hoe on the south side of the block at SW Madison Street and SW First Avenue.