NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Demolition crews have begun tearing down the old Norfolk Circuit Courthouse.
Crews began taking the first chunks out of the old building at 8 a.m. Thursday. Demolition of the old building is expected to take around eight weeks.
Officials say rubble from the project will be recycled and used for other city projects.
The city says demolishing the 50-year-old building is another step towards building a new civic plaza.
“We needed a new courthouse. Our courthouses … were over 50 years old. They were outdated,” said city spokeswoman Lori Crouch. “They just were not comfortable places anymore.”
Renovations to the area will include raising the plaza to prevent flooding, enhanced public open space, bio-infiltration plantings and extending Main Street to create a new public drop-off area.
According to site plans from Fentress Architects, the plaza’s open space will be a designated study area for the “commemoration of The End of Massive Resistance.”
City Council began the journey to build a new courthouse and civic plaza complex in 2004. Last summer, crews tore down the old General District Courthouse.
The city is planning to put a Juvenile and Domestic relations court as well as a law library in its place.
The entire project should be complete in 2017.