Governor Rendell recently announced that a settlement was reached in constructing the Family Court through mediation by the Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The Governor said the settlement will enable Pennsylvania to move forward with acquiring the necessary real estate and begin the process for competitive bidding to construct the facility at 15th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

“This was an important step in getting the Philadelphia Family Court construction project back on track,” Governor Rendell said in a statement “This agreement now puts us in the position to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used in the most efficient and cost-effective way. All of the parties to the agreement acted responsibly in resolving their differences and reaching a settlement.”

The agreement calls for the release of architectural documents related to the project and ensures the public will not be charged twice for these services. The agreement also includes payment from the commonwealth for the air rights acquired in 2004 by the former development group of the project, Northwest 15th Street Associates.