SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Marion County and transit workers started to move back in to the Salem Courthouse Square building and transit mall on Monday after the building was closed almost four years ago.
In 2010, the Salem Courthouse Square office building and transit mall was declared too dangerous and closed, but business is now back to normal after $23 million repairs were completed.
“As you can imagine, everyone is really excited about moving back,” said Marion County Chief Administrator John Lattimer.
The complete structural renovation of the building and transit mall, which were constructed in 2000, included stronger support columns, masonry and curtain wall work and select window replacement.
Lattimer said the $23 million worth of repairs was well worth it and that figure is actually lower than the original $50 million estimate.
Most of the cost was covered by money recovered from insurance and litigation from botched construction the first time around, according to Salem Transit General Manager Allan Pollock.
“We took a slow and steady approach to make sure that every course of action we chose was the right course not only to re-mediate, but also to ensure the public dollars were well spent,” said Pollock.
Pollock added that Salem-Keizer transit workers will begin to move back into their offices in a couple of weeks.