YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – After months of preparatory work, repairs are taking shape on the exterior of the 103-year-old Mahoning County Courthouse.
The $6 million dollar project started two years ago with the removal of broken terra cotta tile from the roof, but the project ran into trouble following inclement weather and the original copper gutters failed, allowing rain, snow and ice to get inside the building.
The project also includes replacement of three elevators as well as construction of a new inmate holding area in the courthouse basement.
Work is also being done to restore the original copper statue that was removed from the building’s roof six years ago. At that time, iron rods supporting the two-ton piece had nearly rusted away completely. The statue itself also sustained damage through the years.
Commissioners are being mindful of controversy over the way money was previously spent on restoration projects and want taxpayers to see first-hand what is being done.
“The public will have a chance to see all the renovations. We are going to have different public events. They can come and see how the terra cotta was done,” said Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Righetti.
All of the work, including re-installation of the rooftop statue, should be finished in early September.