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Downtown LA's new courthouse has staff funding cut before it's even built

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, at 09:00AM
Hayley Fox/blogdowntown

The empty lot at 1st Street and Broadway where the new courthouse is slotted to be built.

The new Downtown courthouse slotted for construction at the empty, overgrown lot at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway is not even expected to open until 2016 -- but this week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut its staff funding for next year.

KPCC reports that this vote is more "symbolic" than anything, and represents an ongoing effort by Republican Congressman Jeff Denham to stop the project and sell the plot of land instead.

"This country is $15 trillion in debt, and [the General Services Administration] continues to waste millions of dollars on a project no one needs," Denham said, the L.A. Times reports.

The House's vote will not halt construction but would stop the U.S. attorney's office and the U.S. Marshals Service from spending money over the fiscal year "to carry out activities" at the courthouse, according to the L.A. Times.

The new $400 million location will include 24 courtrooms and 32 judges chambers.

"This is probably the last building that will ever be built in Los Angeles," said U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow last November.

The 3.7-acre block lot in Downtown has remained empty since the state building that used to be housed there was torn down in early 2007.

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