JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Working around the clock, movers and city officials are now scrambling to move out of the brand new courthouse and back into the old building they abandoned last month. City officials tell Action News this is their only option.
Action News learned Tuesday the new structure recently received a total of ten fire inspections and failed every time. No one knows how long solving the safety issues will take; the next inspection has not even been scheduled.
That led Action News to question why the city spent a few hundred thousand dollars moving into the new building before it even got certified for occupancy.
The premature decision according to the Mayor’s office was signed off by the city’s building inspection chief James Schock.
Mayor Brown's deputy chief administrative officer, Karen Bolling tells Action News, "That was based on information he got that he believed there was a good chance, almost a positive chance that the system was going to pass.”
But failed tests mean the city will now foot the bill for two more moves while trying to reach a future financial settlement with the construction company.
City officials claim they will get a certificate of occupancy before the next move into the new courthouse.