SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

March 4, 2014

Probate Court getting ready to move

SALEM — They are packing their bags at the Salem Probate & Family Court building on Federal Street, as employees prepare to move out before the start of a $60 million renovation.

The four Probate Court judges and 50 staff aren’t expected to move until next month, but there are so many records that need to be transferred that a vendor began working on the project last week.

“We have records from 1889 to today that will be going over,” said Pamela Casey O’Brien, the register of probate for Essex County.

The court will be moving to Shetland Park, an office complex next to Pickering Wharf, which will become its new home for about three years. The tentative moving date is the end of April.

The renovation of the Probate & Family Court building is one in a series of court transfers or projects slated to take place over the next few months.

Legislation filed by state Rep. John Keenan and state Sen. Joan Lovely to transfer the vacant superior court and district court buildings to the Salem Redevelopment Authority is currently sitting in a legislative committee. Keenan hopes to see it reported out this month.

However, Secretary of State William Galvin has raised concerns about the transfer, because he wants the Southern Essex Registry of Deeds, which moved several years ago to Shetland Park, to move back to a public building to save money. Galvin said the registry pays $645,000 a year in rent at Shetland Park.

Galvin wants to investigate moving the registry to the empty District Court building on Washington Street, even though a state-commissioned study raised questions about the cost of renovating that building.

When the registry moved out in 2007, however, state and local officials said every effort would be made to move back to District Court to retain a presence in the downtown.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Comments Tracker