An update on the status of the federal courthouse deal is expected at the Bay County Commission meeting today, nearly two weeks after the Rooker Properties option fell apart.

PANAMA CITY — An update on the status of the federal courthouse deal is expected at the Bay County Commission meeting today, nearly two weeks after the Rooker Properties option fell apart.

“There will be an update regarding the federal courthouse,” County Manager Bob Majka confirmed Monday night.

Majka declined to comment further, pointing to the General Service Administration’s quiet selection process as the reason.

Last month, Rooker Properties, an Atlanta-based company that had purchased land in downtown Panama City, emerged as GSA’s top option in the bid process to replace the current Federal District Courthouse at 30 W. Government St. But only days later a problem with the taxes caused that deal to fall through, meaning once again GSA had to choose between a set of bids that included, at least, a proposal from Bay County and one from Marianna. It’s possible there are more options.

Majka would not say Monday if the update means GSA has selected the county’s proposal over the option set forth by Marianna.

In 2017, the Federal District Court announced it would not renew the lease on the current lease current federal courthouse, 30 W. Government St., because of the problems with the building and threatened to shut down the Panama City division. The decision would have forced locals to travel to either Pensacola or Tallahassee for federal court appointments and potentially cost the region 27 direct jobs and 100 indirect ones.

Since then, a local taskforce of which the county is a part of, has been working to keep the courthouse in Panama City. The bid package the county submitted would, if chosen, require a building swap.

Ultimately, the county’s plan calls for the current Juvenile Justice Facility on 11th Street to become the Federal Courthouse. Using the money from the lease, the county would pay down the debt on the juvenile facility and build a new juvenile courthouse on the same campus as the Bay County Courthouse.

While the new juvenile courthouse is being built, the personnel from the 11th Street facility will temporarily move into the former Panama City Hall, 9 Harrison Ave., which would be renovated.

The county commission meeting will be at 9 a.m., at the Bay County Government Building, 840 West 11th St.