AUGUSTA — A public hearing on a major development application to build a four-story, 120,000-square-foot courthouse in the city will now be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

The hearing, originally set for Tuesday, was rescheduled after the Planning Board hit the deadline of 10 p.m. for starting new items.

Representatives of the project, including Alton Palmer of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers Inc., agreed they would return in two weeks.

The board told them their project would be first on the agenda.

Palmer said the plan calls for the August demolition of the former Crisis & Counseling Centers building and the Augusta Spiritualist Church, both on Winthrop Street, behind the courthouse, to make way for the new building.

The building would connect to the existing Kennebec County courthouse and consolidate superior and district court functions as well as other state court functions housed elsewhere in Augusta.

Matt Nazar, the city’s deputy director for development services, said demolition does not need the Planning Board’s approval.

A proposed zoning change for some of courthouse property is for a public hearing by the City Council at its Thursday, July 19, meeting.

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