Maury County considers purchasing former Daily Herald building

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The former Daily Herald building.

The Maury County Commission is pursuing the purchase of the former office and production center of The Daily Herald in Columbia with a plan to transform the building into a second downtown courthouse.

 Negotiations are underway for the sale.

During Tuesday’s administration committee meeting, Maury County Commission chair Don Morrow proposed the purchase of the 16,605 square-foot building, which sits on about three acres of land at 1115 South Main St. He said the site would provide a means for the county to expand the footprint of its court system while remaining near the center of Columbia.

The committee voted unanimously in favor of moving forward with the proposal.

“If we let this get away I think we make a huge mistake,” Morrow told members of the committee. “With the 7% growth rate we are facing, we are going to be at 100,000 people this year. When you start doing the math, this county is going to start having a lot of people in it.”

Morrow said the court’s partial move to the building probably will alleviate parking issues on the courthouse square and provide a structure that could easily be made compliant with the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The Daily Herald pressman Aaron Jones stacks freshly printed editions of the newspaper during the final run of the newspaper’s press at 1115 South Main St. on Aug. 27, 2016.

If purchased, the renovation will include the repair of the building’s roof estimated to cost the county between $158,000 and $250,000.

“There is no property closer than this that is going to be that size,” Morrow said. “This county is going to have a lot of people in it and they are coming fast and our problems are not getting any better — they are not getting worse on the square. If we let this get away, I think we are making a huge mistake.”

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