For the next two weeks, several offices used for Philadelphia’s adult probation, parole and pretrial services are set to be closed as the facilities will be moved to a new location in Center City.
According to the First Judicial District, the Adult Probation and Parole Department, Pretrial Services, Treatment Court and the accounting department for the Office of Judicial Records, all of which are located at 1401 Arch St., closed Feb. 22. The offices are scheduled to reopen starting March 11 in new offices at 714 Market St., which are expected to provide greater access for members of the public.
The FJD said that, between the time the Arch Street offices are closed and the time the new Market Street offices reopen, no adult probation and parole or pretrial services offices visits will be scheduled. However, scheduled hearings before judges should continue as planned, the FJD said. The court also said bail, court costs, fee and fine payment can still be made at the Criminal Justice Center or in City Hall.
The changes are expected to mostly impact defendants utilizing the services, and attorneys are not expected to be affected.
According to the FJD, the project has been in the works since 2017, and stems, in part, from ownership changes at the Arch Street building.
The court’s lease on the project was due to expire in June 2020, but, after new owners purchased the property in the summer of 2017 with the intent of redesigning the space, the FJD was given the option of terminating the lease early. Court leadership decided to end the lease early.
“The FJD saw this as a valuable opportunity to transfer 1401′s operations to a strategically located facility that is better equipped to accommodate staff, clientele and the public at-large,” FJD spokesman Gabriel Roberts said in an email. “714 Market Street also provides easy access to numerous modes of public transportation; including trains, buses and SEPTA regional rail lines.”
Rent for the new space is set to be increasing somewhat over what the court was paying for the Arch Street facility. According to the FJD, the court was paying $12.82 per square foot for the Arch Street property. The lease rate for the Market Street facility is set to increase to $18 per square foot with gradual increases, until the lease rate hits $24.50 per square foot for years 11 through 15.