PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials dedicated the new judicial center Tuesday afternoon after millions of dollars spent and years of work.
Towering in the heart of downtown Pikeville the new judicial center is something county officials say they feel lucky to have.
"It's a reality today, the payoff of the hardship and passion of this board that stuck with it through good and hard times," said Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.
It did not come easy with much debate over the removal of some historical buildings that once sat in its place and the downturn of the economy hitting as plans were beginning, but officials say they fought through it all and they say it was well worth it.
"The court system and the citizens of the commonwealth have benefited across the commonwealth from the efficient administration of justice that has been accomplished with the construction of these buildings," said Chief Justice John Minton.
County officials say their goal when designing the new courthouse was to make sure that it matched and fit in with the rest of the City of Pikeville.
"It's just unbelievable when you see this beautiful building here in the heart of Pikeville. It'll be here for another 100 years. It's just heartwarming," said Rutherford.
The $33 million/92,000 square foot building includes technology officials say will improve productivity and help the city and county continue to move forward.
Officials say they will be placing pictures and artifacts of the buildings they had to tear down in the lobby of the new courthouse.