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Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark opening of new federal courthouse in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 19 to mark the opening of the new federal courthouse in Charlotte. The event, which will be held on the front steps of the new facility, is open to the public.

“It will be my honor to preside at the upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the new Jonas Federal Building and Courthouse in Charlotte,” said Chief Judge Martin Reidinger. “This day has been decades in the making, and all of us in the Court family are grateful to all who had a hand in this remarkable achievement. This inspiring facility – a combination of a lovingly renovated historic Jonas Building and a beautiful and functional New Wing – will provide those who work so diligently here, and the citizens of the Western District we serve, a Court home for many decades to come. We could not be more pleased.”

The ceremony will feature the Charlotte Youth Choir, the firing of ceremonial muskets, and remarks by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, U.S. Representative Alma Adams, Chief Judge Roger Gregory, Chief Judge Martin Reidinger, Judge Frank Whitney, and Judge Robert Conrad.

“It has been a privilege for our office to lead the design of this important civic project in Charlotte,” said Grant Marani, an architect and partner at Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP. “The original building’s high-quality design and craftsmanship, preserved for over a century by a stalwart and enlightened stewardship, is now being rejuvenated with deserved care, including the refurbishment of the much beloved Potter courtroom. We trust the citizens of Charlotte will be proud of this elegant addition to the city’s growing skyline.”

Following the event, the public is invited to tour the new facility. The building is located at 401 W. Trade Street. Due to limited parking, guests are encouraged to use the Charlotte Trolley and exit at Mint St.

The Charlotte Courthouse project consists of a new 198,000 square-foot wing and the renovation of the existing 134,000 square-foot historic Jonas Courthouse. The facility will serve as home to the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the office of the Bankruptcy Administrator, and the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services office, for the Western District of North Carolina.


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