PAINTED POST - The Town of Erwin said its court on West Water Street in Painted Post will permanently close on Friday, Jan. 25, and will reopen shortly afterward at a new location next to the Erwin Town offices on Town Center Road.

The new court facilities are scheduled to open Monday, Feb. 4. These facilities will be connected to the Erwin Town Offices via a common area.

The soon-to-be former court on West Water Street held its last court session Thursday morning.

Erwin Town Judges Pete Bierwiler and Ron Yorio say they’re looking forward to the opening of the new court facilities in February. The new facilities will have greater security, more space, greater accessibility, and a more-efficient layout than the current facilities on West Water Street.

“The big things are safety and compliance,” said Bierwiler. “The safety as far as that is concerned is a big deal. Accessibility and ADA compliance is also a big deal.”

“It’s all going to be laid out,” said Yorio. “Everything’s going to be coordinated. There's going to be seperate entrances for the prisoners, there’s going to be separate conference rooms; it’s going to be very nice.”

Officials said the current courtroom building is also in need of a new boiler and other upgrades. The new facilities on Town Center Road are nearly complete and will be touched up and furnished over the next few weeks.

The new courtroom will be dedicated to former town judge David A. “Deak” Johnson, who served on the bench from 1981 to 2005.

“We are pleased to be able to honor Deak in this way,” said Erwin Town Manager Rita McCarthy.

The building that houses the new courtroom is owned by local developer Chip Klugo and features a commercial space on the second floor, though a commercial tenant for that space is still being sought.

The West Water Street building has been the home of Erwin’s courtroom since 1921, and also used to house the Erwin Town and Painted Post Village offices. It's currently listed for $150,000.