Jul 2, 2010 7:04 AM by Chris Welty
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish has purchased a church
to house a new courtroom.
Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First
Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education
building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be
torn down to create additional courthouse parking.
Grimmer said the $1 million sale involves the church's sanctuary
and two additional buildings across the street from the parish
Chief Judge Robert Morrison said the current courthouse has four
courtrooms, three of which are small, and the church property
allows for construction of another large courtroom.
Grimmer said the parish needs another courthouse, but doesn't
have the $40 million to $50 million needed to build one.