- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg officials say it may cost as much as $500,000 to upgrade the old federal courthouse before it could serve as the temporary home of the city’s Municipal Court.

But the improvements, which would include entrance/exit ramps, restrooms and an elevator to meet public access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, would be a trade-off of sorts.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1MahDDT) City Engineer Lamar Rutland said Monday while the city would be improving the building, they would pay no rent.

The city needed to find long-term but temporary housing for its police and fire departments and Municipal Court before construction can begin on a planned, $25 million Public Safety Complex.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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