LA County supervisors vote to renovate, reopen County Hall of Justice

Los Angeles officials plan to reopen a downtown courthouse that’s been vacant for years.

Los Angeles County supervisors have voted to renovate the County Hall of Justice. The 14-story granite building is where prosecutors tried serial killer Charles Manson 40 years ago. The trial of Senator Robert Kennedy’s killer Sirhan Sirhan took place there, too.

But for the last 16 years, the courthouse has been vacant. Workers abandoned the building after the Northridge earthquake damaged it in 1994.

Developers will transform the enormous Beaux-Arts style structure into a new sheriff’s headquarters. Its makeover carries a price tag of more than $200 million. The federal government will foot some of the bill.

Officials say they hope to have the old courthouse occupied again in a couple of years.

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