by Andrea Cole

Associate Editor

Stow -- With construction of the Stow Municipal Court slated to begin this fall, the city will soon begin accepting bids for aspects of the project.

During its July 26 meeting, Stow City Council approved going out to bid for construction of the $10 million project.

City Engineer Bill Drew said companies will have the opportunity to bid on the project for three weeks.

"We advertise twice," he said. "We'll have 12 to 14 different bids, including electrical and plumbing. We'll take the lowest and best bidders."

The Panzica Co. of Mayfield was awarded a $435,000 contract to oversee construction of the facility earlier this year, said Drew, adding the courthouse will open in January 2009.

"Everything is moving smoothly, and we're on schedule," he said.

The courthouse will be located at the northwest corner of the Steels Corners Road and Route 8 interchange, near Damon's Grill.

According to Judge Kim Hoover, the court will comprise 32,000 square feet of space and a 6,000-square-foot basement for storage. The court serves Stow, Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Tallmadge, Boston Heights, Macedonia, Northfield Village, Peninsula, Reminderville, Silver Lake, Twinsburg, Boston, Northfield Center, Twinsburg and Sagamore Hills.

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