FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has announced plans to build a new courthouse in downtown Fredericton.

The intention is for the 9,900-sq.-m (110,000-sq.-ft.) building to be located on King Street between Regent and Carleton streets. It will include advancements in security and safety and smart features like video conferencing technology.

“The time has come to replace the aging courthouse on Queen Street,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “After due diligence, we have found our preferred location. It is central and easy to access. We will continue to work with the Department of Justice and Public Safety on the development of a modern courthouse.”

Preliminary site investigations will be completed as soon as possible. The building will be constructed using a multi-phase tender process, beginning with site preparations, foundations and structural steel before moving to the final building construction, and preparation for opening.

The first project tender is expected to be posted by the fall of 2021.

An investment of $7.5 million for this project was set aside in the provincial government’s 2021-22 capital budget.

The project is expected to be completed by 2025. More details will be released later this summer.