The Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court has begun a series of renovation projects to provide better accommodations for citizens and staff. The Municipal Court is one of the City’s highest-traffic facilities. These improvements are designed to advance the safety, longevity and accessibility of the courthouse and to make it more customer-friendly for all who visit our facility.
In late 2016, the Municipal Court completed improvements began the year before to continue its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and seamlessly began the next phase of construction to restore and modernize the courthouse. The Municipal Court was built in 1973, but has had few significant upgrades since. Missing ceiling and floor tiles and rusted pipes will be replaced. Other upgrades will improve energy efficiency and make more efficient use of space left empty since the court adopted an automated case management system in 2011 and stopped storing paper tickets. Plans also include a more open lobby with improved security stations and a larger courtroom for the Housing and Animal Court. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and are paid for by a special court fee approved by the Missouri General Assembly and City Council in 2015. The fee only can be used for the restoration, renovation and maintenance of the Kansas City Municipal Court. St. Louis City Municipal Court has had a similar fee in place since 2001.
Scaffolding has been built over the stairs leading from the first floor lobby to the second and third floors. This is to replace our old worn, leaky ceiling tiles with a new ceiling and light fixtures. The upper floors and stairs remain open and safe for use.
The new 3rd floor lobby ceiling outside of the courtrooms is almost completed. New light fixtures have been installed and construction workers are installing the tiles. Please continue to follow the safety instructions and your patience is appreciated during this construction period.
A 10 foot wall of temporary art will cover the 11th Street (north) entrance while construction continues at Municipal Court. The public will continue using the south doors off Locust Street. The artwork is much more attractive than the plywood barrier it replaced and contains emergency exits.
The steel frames and walls are in place to turn a portion of the 3rd floor lobby area into offices. The floor remains open to the public for court. Work is taking place behind the courtrooms on the 3rd floor to renovate the now vacant cashier and paper ticket handling area into a more workable space.