New Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse on track to open in Kitchener in early 2013 (just don’t drive to get there)

The Record reports today that the new consolidated Courthouse for the Region of Waterloo will be complete in January 2013 and in-service in April 2013.

I’m really looking forward to checking out the new building.  Newer Courthouses aren’t always better – the Brampton Courthouse, for example, feels like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 to me – but there is no doubt that the Waterloo Region has long been in need of a new facility.  Consider, for example, that the front entrance canopy of the current Kitchener Superior Court of Justice Courthouse was inspired architecturally by the chuck wagons of the early settlers.  Enough said.

Based on what I’ve read about it, the new Courthouse sounds like it’s going to be very impressive but I really wish they had included some integrated parking into the structure (or somewhere convenient and nearby).  Courthouses serve very wide areas and draw people – litigants, accused, witnesses, supporters, lawyers, and media – from far and wide.  Not providing the vast majority of its ultimate users with a convenient place to park was, in my humble opinion, a real mistake.

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