by Kristin CasaleReporterStow -- When the municipal court moves to Stow, the facility that has been six years in the making will include improved security and room for additional judges.Former Gov. Bob Taft signed legislation earlier this month allowing the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court to move to Stow by January 2009. The site for the new facility is located at the northwest corner of the Steels Corner Road and Route 8 interchange, near Damon's Grill.According to Judge Kim Hoover, the new facility will comprise 32,000 square feet of space and a 6,000-square-foot basement for storage.While not part of the main design, future plans include the possibility of adding a learning facility to the structure for the court and the community to use."It's a place to bring in high school kids who can come in for visits to the court," said Hoover, stating the area also could be used for police training.The estimated cost to build the new courthouse and purchase the land for the facility is $10 million, which will be paid from a special projects fund set up by the court, he said. The fund has accumulated a little more than $1 million thus far, said Hoover.Stow Mayor Karen Fritschel said she expects the land for the new courthouse, which will be built on an 8.5-acre site, to cost approximately $1 million. The city is finalizing the purchase agreement for the land, she said, stating City Council is expected to vote on legislation to approve the purchase during its Jan. 25 meeting.Fritschel said she looks forward to seeing the completion of the new facility."I'm very impressed by the design of the courthouse," she said. "This courthouse can be used now and in the future. We're very excited about it being here in Stow." 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.Hoover said the new facility has room for two additional judges. He said the Supreme Court suggests one judge per 48,000 people served, while the municipal court serves 188,000 people with two judges."We see the need for a third judge very quickly," said Hoover. "It is our guess that the population [in Summit County] will grow to approximately 200,000."Construction of the new courthouse is slated to begin in the fall, he said, stating the new facility should be ready to open by January 2009.Editor's note: Casale is a reporter for the Stow Sentry.E-mail: kcasale@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3917