Wicked Local Framingham | By Jim Haddadin
May 16, 2017
FRAMINGHAM — Framingham District Court would undergo a major expansion and take on cases from Marlborough under a new proposal to reshape the state’s trial courts.
A draft capital plan released by the judiciary in April proposes investing $500 million over the next five years to fix aging courthouses, followed by a period of consolidations that would reduce the number of facilities statewide from 97 to approximately 75.
The plan calls for immediate investments of $8.3 million in the Framingham court to make critical repairs and ensure the building, at 600 Concord St., is accessible to people with disabilities.
A second phase proposes spending more than $78 million to expand the Framingham courthouse, transforming it into a regional facility that would serve a larger swath of Middlesex County.
The facility, which dates to 1952, houses three courtrooms and handles criminal and civil cases from around the region. It also houses Natick District Court, which was previously shuttered and moved to Framingham.
The expansion project would enlarge the facility to include seven courtrooms. Once complete, it would allow the state to close the existing Framingham Juvenile Court, which is housed in a private building at 110 Mt. Wayte Ave., and move it to Concord Street. Marlborough District Court would also be shuttered and moved to Framingham, along with its affiliated Housing Court and Probate and Family Court.