A ground breaking ceremony (in the form of a “wall-breaking”) is being held tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate the renovations currently under way at the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse in Independence. The event will take place at the corner of Lexington and Main Streets (the southeast corner of the Courthouse).
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, members of the Jackson County Legislature and Independence Mayor Don Reimal will be “bringing down the wall”. These improvements are Phase II of the 3-Phase Courthouse renovation project. The goal of Phase II is to return the courthouse grounds to their 1933 appearance and address major drainage issues eroding the building's foundation. Phase II will also add 70 street parking spaces around the Courthouse.
The retaining wall being removed was installed as part of an urban renewal project in the early 1970s. Concrete stairs and slabs are also being removed and replaced with new limestone stairs to be installed at each of the four entrances to the Courthouse. Jackson County’s Public Works Department designed the project in-house; Kidwell Construction Corporation is the contractor.
The Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse at 112 West Lexington Avenue on the Independence Square houses President Truman’s original office and courtroom from his tenure as Jackson County Presiding Judge (1927 – 1934); the Brady Courtroom and the Jackson County Historical Society office and archives. The Truman Courthouse has been on the National Registry of Historic Buildings since 1972.