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STOCKTON - When a new courthouse was designed for San Joaquin County in downtown Stockton, the plan was for a series of small old buildings near the site to be demolished in the process.

Two of the three were, but the last one is still standing, and there are no plans to have it removed.

It's 5,600 square feet, blockish in design and two stories high. The older building will sit next to the far taller and more modern county courthouse scheduled to open in late 2016.

Judge Robin Appel guided much of the courthouse construction process. She said the owner of the building wouldn't take what the state was offering for the property.

"They weren't able to acquire it for the a price the state thought it should pay," Appel said. "We had to move on and design around it."

Pat Burnett does a lot of business in downtown Stockton at the old courthouse. He was disappointed to hear a sale couldn't be worked out for the building at 27 Hunter Square Plaza.

"You keep looking, thinking they must be about ready. I'm surprised, it's going to be an eyesore, among the beautiful new building," Burnett said.

The state could only offer the assessed value of the building. A recent report shows the building is worth $330,000. The owner is a Stockton development business, and no one with that company was taking questions.

The state is paying for the new $207-million courthouse through fees, fines and bond sales.

Plans for a new Stockton courthouse were altered when the owner of an older builder refused to sell the property to the state. (Wednesday, April 30, 2014) News10

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