Move to Jerseyville Avenue will alleviate overcrowding at courthouse

FREEHOLD, NJ – Construction crews have broken ground for what will be the new Monmouth County prosecutor’s office on Jerseyville Avenue.

The pre-engineered building will be 50 percent larger than the current office space located on the third floor of the Monmouth County Courthouse. Moving the prosecutors out will free up space for much-needed additional courtrooms. Three new courtrooms are planned for that space.

“This construction project and eventual relocation is long overdue and will provide for the present and future needs of the prosecutor’s office in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, who is liaison to the prosecutor’s office. “As the county has grown in population, so has the prosecutor’s office and they need this additional space.”

“The project was necessitated by the needs of the state Superior Court, which has a case backlog that can only be alleviated by adding more courtrooms,” said Freeholder John D’Amico, a former Superior Court judge in Monmouth County. “With this project, three additional courtrooms will be built in the space currently housing the prosecutor and his staff.”

The new building is 29,000 square feet, compared to the 20,0000 square feet of space the prosecutor has now. It will be erected onsite by the Benjamin R. Harvey Co., which is currently on site installing a foundation and footings. The building’s cost is $3,570,000 and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2010, at which time the prosecutor and his staff will move in.

“This capital project is part of a larger vision to provide for the county’s future facilities needs,” Freeholder Deputy Director Robert D. Clifton said. “We inventoried all of our available space and consolidated departments and functions wherever we could. Larger areas of county government, such as the courthouse and the prosecutor’s office, need to have their own centralized locations.”

“The prosecutor’s office and the court system have grown and placed greater demands on our facilities,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “This project will provide for residents for years to come.”

The long-range plan is to eventually construct a second building next door to the pre-engineered space and connect the two to make one large complex for the prosecutor’s staff. The building on that site now will be demolished to make room for the second structure.