WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today said he was pleased the year-end spending bill set to be voted on in Congress today contains funding to begin and complete construction of a new federal courthouse in Greenville.
The new facility will be called the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Federal Courthouse, in honor of the late Governor of South Carolina. It is expected to be a 10-story building built on two acres across the street from the Greenville County Courthouse on East North Street.
“Greenville long ago outgrew the small federal building forcing many agencies to lease space in areas less convenient for the public and making the court’s operations less efficient,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I’m confident the new courthouse have a positive, long-lasting impact on the community and the citizens of Greenville. I’m very proud of the work that went into this effort and the fact that the new courthouse will soon become reality.”
“Downtown Greenville is becoming a showcase city and a new federal courthouse will only add to that dynamic,” continued Graham. “This has been a high priority for community leaders for years and I’m very pleased it looks like we are now going to get it over the finish line.”
“It has been about 10 years since Congress first recognized the need, so we are glad the funding is finally in place,” said Greenville Mayor Knox White. “We appreciate Senator Graham's persistence in moving this project forward. He has been a great partner with the City of Greenville.”
The year-end funding bill contains approximately $92 million for site design and construction of the new facility. Congress has already allocated $11 million for preliminary work on the facility and in 2011 bought the two-acre property where the courthouse will be built. The total cost of the new Greenville Federal Courthouse is expected to be $103 million.