GREENVILLE, MISS. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today welcomed a construction contract for the new U.S. courthouse in Greenville, which will be built on the “Stein Mart Site” at 200 Washington Avenue in the historic downtown area.
The new federal courthouse will provide the judiciary with a 55,639 gross square foot facility along with secure parking. The award is the result of commitment and partnership between General Services Administration (GSA), the courts, elected officials, and the local community. The GSA expects construction to begin this summer with completion targeted for summer 2024.
“The U.S. Courthouse in Greenville is an important project for citizens in the Mississippi Delta,” Wicker said. “Its completion would modernize and make more secure a crucial government function. I am glad the General Services Administration is working to ensure its construction moves forward, promotes justice, and invigorates the city’s growing business district.”
“Before he left office, my predecessor, Senator Thad Cochran, made it his mission to move the Greenville courthouse project forward and to secure the federal appropriations to get it built. The award of a GSA construction contract on this much-anticipated courthouse is wonderful news, and news which has been years in the making,” said Hyde-Smith, ranking member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the GSA. “It has been a pleasure to work with the GSA on this major project. I look forward to the completion of the courthouse and the energy it can bring to downtown Greenville.”
“GSA’s mission is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition and technology to our federal customers like the U.S. Courts, their supporting agencies and the local communities they serve,” said Acting Regional Administrator Giancarlo Brizzi. “Projects like the new U.S. Courthouse in Greenville allows us to go even further by creating a space that becomes a part of the city center adding vitality and economic growth to the area.”
The new federal courthouse will be built on a 2.5 acre site in the city’s original central business district near the east bank of the Mississippi River. The facility will have two courtrooms, one district and one magistrate, and three judicial chambers. Tenant agencies include GSA, the U.S. District Court, U.S. Clerk of the Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, U.S. Magistrate Court, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Probation, Federal Public Defender, and U.S. Attorneys.
The City of Greenville was also awarded $500,000 for a green space adjacent to the courthouse as a part of the larger downtown revitalization project.
Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation, including Wicker and then Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., supported the FY2016 appropriation of $52 million for GSA construction and acquisition funding for joint United States courthouses, federal buildings, with not less than $46 million was set aside for a new Greenville federal building.