The Pasco City Council this week unanimously approved hiring LCA Architects of Seattle to design the new Pasco Municipal Court facility.
Voters approved a 0.3 percent public safety sales tax in November to pay for adding court space, a Pasco police station, gang suppression and the new and remodeled Franklin County jail.
Municipal Court likely will be on the first floor of a two-story building in front of the expanded jail.
The sheriff's office, information services and dispatch center may be on the second floor.
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Municipal Court space is expected to cost just more than $3 million, including a $220,000 fee to LCA for design and construction management, $2.5 million to build a 10,000-square-foot municipal court and the city's share of common spaces and work on the site.