Government deems new Chattanooga federal courthouse a priority, but construction remains unfunded

Staff File Photo by Dan Henry / Chattanooga's federal courthouse was constructed in 1933 and first added to a General Services Administration list for replacement in 1999.

A new federal courthouse for Chattanooga, estimated to cost $157.3 million, is sitting atop a government ranking for potential future construction.

But when it comes to federal funding, the Chattanooga project is behind three other courthouse projects already locked in to receive money when it's available.

"We're on a list that has not received any funding," said U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr., in Chattanooga.

A new federal building to replace the existing 84-year-old structure at Georgia Avenue and M.L. King Boulevard has been a dream of local officials for nearly two decades.

FEDERAL COURTHOUSE PROJECT LIST

Fiscal year 2018 courthouse construction funding priorities:* 1. Harrisburg, Pa.* 2. Huntsville, Ala.* 3. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Out-year courthouse construction priorities:* 1. Chattanooga* 2. San Juan, Puerto Rico* 3.