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Ribbon-cutting, dedication of new courthouse in Bangor, May 18

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Penobscot Judicial Center, 78 Exchange St., will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 18.

Tours of the $34.4 million building which combined Penobscot County Superior Court and Bangor District Court, will be conducted following the ceremony.

Ground was broken 26 months ago for the 86,000-square-foot, 3½-story building. A topping ceremony was held a year later on Sept. 8, 2008, when the last structural beam was hoisted into place. The building opened for business on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, about six weeks ahead of schedule and $600,000 under budget.

The red brick structure bears little resemblance to the more than century-old Penobscot County Courthouse, completed in 1905 at a cost of $116,500, and the District Court, a former grocery store bought by the county in the 1960s when the District Court system was set up to replace municipal courts.

Leigh I. Saufley, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, has called the Penobscot Judicial Center the first courthouse in the state equipped for the 21st century. It is also the first one to be owned by the Judiciary.

For more information about the event, call 561-2300.

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