Happy New Year! We are getting close to finishing the new, larger courtroom for Housing Court. Meanwhile the benches for the courtroom are being prepped in the basement.
Work continues to construct a larger courtroom for Housing Court. The space being used for the new courtroom was space that had sat vacant since 2011 when Municipal Court went virtually paperless and no longer had to house paper tickets on site.
The remodeled 11th Street entrance and customer service and cashier area of Municipal Court are open. New address: 511 E. 11th Street. Same location: Corner of 11th and Locust streets, downtown KCMO. Work continues in other parts of the building. Please continue to excuse our mess.
New address, same location
Starting Friday, October 20, the address of Municipal Court will change from 1101 Locust Street to 511 E. 11th Street. On Monday, October 23, the south doors on Locust will closed to the public and the north doors on 11th Street will reopen and become the main entrance of the courthouse.
We’re putting the finishing touches on the new Municipal Court lobby scheduled to open October 23. It will feature upgraded security stations and a customer-friendly cashier and customer service area with a larger waiting area, digital signage and other technological enhancements to improve efficient and the Court user experience. However construction will continue in other portions of the building. Thank you for your patience and please continue to excuse our mess.
Art and justice became allies over the weekend when a new piece of public art was installed at Municipal Court. The art work-16 Windows-is made of graphics from Municipal Court photos printed on copper. The City passed an ordinance in 1970 and reaffirmed it in 1986 that says 1% of the costs for constructing or remodeling any City building must be dedicated to public art. 16 Windows is the 1% public art piece related to the current Municipal Court renovations project. 16 Windows is hanging in front of the public stairs between floors 2 and 3, just outside Courtroom A.
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.
The Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court is in the middle of a renovation project 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.
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 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.