JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News has learned of a major setback in the new $350 million courthouse that is scheduled to open under a cloud of controversy next week.
Sources say the courthouse failed its fire inspection.
The inspection involved a number of fire suppression tests of the entire sprinkler system, according to Action News sources.
Sources also say there's a problem with the smoke ventilation system.
The system has been undergoing tests for a week-and-a-half.
The new courthouse is scheduled to open next Tuesday.
Action News is contacting city leaders to see how much of an impact this problem will have on next week's opening. Sources say the courthouse won't be able to open until it meets state guidelines.Turner Construction
will have to pay for the repairs.
The new courthouse is already embroiled in controversy over furniture. Chief Judge Donald Moran wanted new furniture. City Council passed a bill to allocate $750,000 for the new furniture. Mayor Alvin Brown vetoed it, only to have City Council override it last week.