On November 25, 2013, the Snohomish County Council voted to build a new, nine-story courthouse building on property at the northwest corner of the Wall Street / Oakes Avenue intersection. The property currently houses the county’s surface parking lot and sits across the street from Xfinity Arena.
The new building will house the clerk’s office, prosecuting attorney’s office, office of public defense, and superior and district courts. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015, and the building is expected to open in the fall of 2016 or by early 2017.
November 25, 2013 – County Council votes to build new courthouse
January - October 2014 – County works with Heery Architects on schematic designs for new facility.
November 2014-March 2015 – County works with Heery Architects on design development for new facility
October 2014-January 2015 – Mock-ups of courtrooms available for stakeholders, user groups to review.
Spring / Summer 2015 - Relocate utilities (water / power / sewer) and demolition of acquired property.
September 2015 – Final construction drawings complete.
Fall 2015 – Begin construction.
Summer / Fall 2017 – Courthouse opens to the public, demolition of existing courthouse begins.
Spring 2018 – Construct a new plaza on site of former courthouse.
The courthouse is expected to cost between $150 and $162 million, depending on final design and construction expenses. The Snohomish County Council approved two banked capacity tax increases to pay for two 30-year bonds to finance design and construction. The total tax increase for the owner of an average home, valued at $223,000, is approximately $19.66 per year - $6.89 for the first bond and $12.77 for the second bond.