Houston County Courthouse

It could be just a few days until Houston County Courthouse workers move back into their remodeled courthouse.

Colby Clark of Clark Construction says work on the Houston County Courthouse is virtually complete. The final fire safety inspection of the 77,000 square foot building has been done, but there's still a few "odds and ends" to take care of.

Jamie Elliott was brought in to supervise the final stages of the project a couple of months ago. He says the structure is ready for occupancy.

The renovation project began in January of 2001 and was supposed to be completed more than a year ago. But, Clark says constant changes to the original plans pushed the $4.7 million price tag to $5.2 million and caused numerous delays that he had to overcome.

Clark says he hopes to give county officials a final tour of the building and turn the courthouse over to them next week.

A lawsuit filed by Houston County against Clark Construction over project delays is still pending.

The Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery will have to appoint a special judge outside of Dothan to hear the case because of a possible conflict of interest for local judges.