After nine months of construction, the temporary Franklin County Courthouse opened on time and on budget. At 101 Munson Street in Greenfield, MA, Development Associates of Agawam, MA leased the ± 57,000 sf space to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which required a wholesale conversion of the existing office space into specialized courthouse operations. The lease with the Commonwealth of MA is for 5 years while the $60 million dollar renovation of the Main Street courthouse is completed.
101 Munson St., the former Phoenix office building, is located just off I-91. It was built in the 1970’s and has since been modernized to fit the needs of the tenants. The building is home to various tenants including the Department of Transitional Assistance, Department of Children and Families, Veteran’s Administration, Crocker Communications and others.
The new courthouse space is home to the Superior, District and Probate Courts. It also houses the Registry of Probate, District Attorney’s Office, Law Library and Jury Pool and eight holding cells. The new facility includes many improvements over the existing downtown courthouse for public safety including security at the front entrance, closed circuit video cameras and card-controlled access doors.
The property is owned by Greenfield Corporate Center LLC who purchased it from Phoenix Home Life in 2001. Development Associates of Agawam, MA manages the property for the owners and was responsible for the multi-million dollar construction program.