DCS: Governor Malloy and DAS Commissioner DeFronzo Announce Funding for New Litchfield County Courthouse

Governor Malloy and DAS Commissioner DeFronzo Announce Funding for New Litchfield County Courthouse



Governor Malloy announced in late May that the State Bond Commission will vote on the final funding elements necessary for the new Litchfield County Courthouse project to commence in Torrington.


The Judicial Branch has been working to construct a new courthouse for the Litchfield Judicial District for nearly 40 years. The existing courthouse facilities in that district total about 39,000 square feet distributed over four locations. For a variety of reasons, a number of court cases must be reassigned to other district courthouses due to the inability of the current facilities to effectively serve the Litchfield District.


This project will feature the consolidation and construction of a new 174,000 square foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse on Field Street in Torrington. The new courthouse will house Civil, Criminal, Family and Juvenile Courts. Eight courtrooms, hearing rooms, judge’s chambers and court support services will be included in the new facility. Additionally, 384 parking spaces would be provided onsite to accommodate current and future needs for visitors, judges and staff.


This project will create or retain approximately 1424 construction related jobs with a total project cost of more than $81 million.


“Though it’s taken more than a generation, I’m proud that we could move this project forward and begin the necessary work of building a twenty-first century courthouse,” Governor Malloy said.  “By consolidating operations into one facility, we can save taxpayers time and make operations more efficient.  Many people in this community have worked for years on this goal.  We could not have gotten to this point without their tireless advocacy.  I’d like to thank Commissioner DeFronzo and his team for all their hard work and dedication to this project.”


Commissioner Donald DeFronzo of the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the agency responsible for design and construction of state facilities, stated “After some 40 years of discussion and planning, DAS is pleased to partner with the Judicial Branch and the town of Torrington to finally move this project to the construction phase. This will be a state-of-the-art facility whose construction will provide a substantial economic infusion into the Torrington area, with some 1,400 construction jobs created.”


DeFronzo went on to thank the staff at DAS’ Division of Construction Services including Deputy Commissioner Bud Salemi and especially Project Manager David Wlodkowski who has worked on the project for years.


This project has had a long and challenging path to fruition and the state agencies involved have had to overcome a number of problems and issues, including the siting of the project, the acquisition of the property and the final design of the facility. The staff at DAS and Judicial Branch are pleased to be able to finally bring this project together and it is hoped that this facility will be an efficient and convenient place for court business to be conducted in Litchfield County for decades to come.

{Governor Malloy}    {DAS Commissioner DeFronzo}

{New Litchfield County Courthouse Artistic Rendering}   {Judge Patrick Carroll - Chief Court Administrator for the State of Connecticut; DAS Commissioner Donald DeFronzo; & David Wlodkowski - DCS Project Manager}





Click here for the DAS news release of the New Litchfield County Courthouse.

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