The Springvale District Court is scheduled to close April 28, 2023, as part of a consolidation of York County’s court system. All court functions will be moved to the brand-new York Judicial Center being constructed at 515 Elm St. (Route One) in Biddeford beginning the week of May 1. The new facility will be the largest courthouse in Maine.
Public transportation to the York Judicial Center from Sanford and Springvale will be available. York County Community Action plans to add it as a stop on its Southern Maine Connector route between Springvale and Saco. YCCAC will also expand the service by adding another bus to the route and increasing the hours to 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The bus stops at Nasson Health Care in Springvale, CVS on Main St., the School St. parking lot, and at Southern Maine Health Care on June St.
The Springvale District Court property is owned by the state of Maine, through a financial arm called the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority. There is no word yet on what will happen to the building once it is vacated.
The York County Superior Court, currently housed in the historic courthouse in Alfred, will also be part of the consolidation and move, but the building will remain in use. York County Manager Greg Zinser said once the District Attorney’s office moves out, the other departments that are housed there, including the Probate Court, Registry of Deeds and the Child Advocacy Center, will be able to spread out.
The York Judicial Center was designed by Finegold Alexander Architects. According to the firm’s website, “Woodland views, courtrooms with natural light, clear wayfinding and a harmonious palette of finishes will help to mitigate the stress that the public may experience when visiting the courthouse.” The 120,000 square foot energy-efficient building will have rooftop solar panels.
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