Photo: Courtesy of Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A church in Harrison is set to be the future home of the Boone County Courthouse. In a Zoom meeting on Friday, the Arkansas Presbytery voted unanimously to approve the sale of the First Presbyterian Church to the county for $4 million.
According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the presbytery serves as the governing body for Presbyterian churches in the northern two-thirds of Arkansas. Documents in the meeting file show that the sale of the building at 220 North Arbor Drive in Harrison had already been approved locally at a meeting on February 13 by a vote of 58 to 5. This is the house of the church since 2007.
Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway said the quorum court allowed him to spend $1.5 million to renovate the church that would serve as offices and courtrooms. He said the renovation could take a year, but some offices could move into the building before the work is complete.
Judge Hathaway adds that there were problems with the three-story brick courthouse built in 1909 in the center of the town square, where many county offices are now located. Problems include a faulty heating boiler and a lack of a lift.
Some county offices had moved to the old federal building in Harrison, built in 1903, but Judge Hathaway says that is also not in good condition. He said the building had structural issues, including a leaky roof and an outdated electrical system.
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