Allegany Courthouse Project Highlights Public-Private Partnerships

An October 9 Cumberland Times-News article discusses the public-private partnership that helped fund the Allegany County District Court building and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s favorable reaction.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot sees the development of the new Allegany County District Court building through a partnership of the private and public sectors as “the wave of the future.”

Franchot visited the new two-story building on South Liberty Street during an informal open house held Friday by Paul Kelly, chief developer representing the 123 South Liberty LLC that owns the building. The LLC is comprised of 10 local community members.

“I hope to see more projects like this in the future. This an example of Allegany County leading the way for the rest of the state,” said Franchot, who said Allegany County is also leading the state in two other areas — financial literacy and school maintenance. …

The 40,000-square-foot district court building in downtown Cumberland houses district court officers including court commissioners, administrative and clerk officers, courtrooms, conference rooms, holding cells for prisoners that are out of public view, security office, as well as offices of the district court division of the State’s Attorney Office and the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation.

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