Plans to build a $27 federal courthouse in Lancaster have been scrapped due to budget constraints in Washington. The General Services Administration owns land and was until recently seeking potential designers for the project.
The decision means that Lancaster County residents, law enforcement professionals, prosecutors and bankruptcy litigants will continue to travel to Reading or Philadelphia for federal cases. The project could still be reinstated if the economy improves.
Plans to build a new federal courthouse in Midtown Harrisburg are still moving forward. Construction could start as early as 2013 to replace the Ronald Regan Federal Building and Courthouse which was determined to no longer meet security and space requirements.