STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Vacant space in a county-owned building will soon be filled. 701 Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg is undergoing renovations to give three important offices a new place to call home.
Because Monroe County is growing, there’s an overcrowding issue in Courthouse Square. This will also help free up space for the future courthouse expansion project.
Monroe County Commissioner John Christy shows us around the county detectives’ future home, which is currently under construction. The first-floor space has bullet proof glass, a private conference room, and a holding cell.
“Whenever they have someone they want to come in and talk to, they can come in through the back door there and go right in to the holding cell,” John Christy, Monroe County Commissioner, explains.
It’s a big upgrade from the cramped building county detectives currently use across the street in Courthouse Square. “It does not lend itself to the business and work they do,” Christy says.
The District Attorney’s Office, which operates inside the courthouse, will also re-locate to 701 Main’s second floor. The area will require special key-card access.
“It’s nice to have the detectives and the District Attorney’s Office, who work hand in hand together, within a floor of eachother,” Christy remarks.
Eyewitness News also got a sneak peak of the third floor, where the Public Defender’s Office will eventually reside. “They’re on top of eachother in the old annex,” Christy says.
701 Main is already about 30-percent filled. For example, this is where you’ll find the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation. And they’re excited to get new neighbors.
“We’re glad to see the space filling up, we want to have more people in the building,” smiles Michelle Bisbing, Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation.
County detectives will be the first to move in within the next month. We’re told the DA’s Office and Public Defender’s Office will re-locate “in the next year or so.”
County commissioners say this is a viable location because it’s within walking distance of the courthouse. They purchased the building in 2014.