Courthouse construction project begins

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Demolition is underway on the former Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

A new courthouse complex will replace the structure.

The move brings an end to years of debate and controversy on what to do with the historic building.

Demolition crews are working to remove asbestos from the site.

The building is expected to be torn down in a few weeks.

Construction on the new courthouse is scheduled to begin next year.

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