Cohron takes on new role

Chris Cohron

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron continues to look into potential criminal activity stemming from the troubled development of the parking garage wrap formerly known as Hitcents Park Plaza.

Former state Auditor Adam Edelen released in December a review of the project that found it was plagued by mismanagement, overspending, questionable spending, confusing and contradictory agreements and a lack of oversight by government officials. Problems with the wrap came to light early last year when contractors filed liens against the project saying then-developer Mills Family Realty had not paid them for work on the project.

Edelen did not refer the results of his audit to law enforcement, but Cohron said at the time that his office was reviewing the findings.

“We continue to take steps to further review all the information,” Cohron told the Daily News on Tuesday. 

“We will take any steps we deem appropriate” after the review is done, he said.

Cohron declined to give a timeline at this point for completion of his office’s review.

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said in a text message he hasn’t been in contact with Cohron, but “we welcome and encourage their thorough review.”

Last week, $30 million in bonds were sold by Warren County to pay off the liens and existing debt and complete unfinished projects in the wrap, now known as Stadium Park Plaza.

— Follow Daily News city government reporter Wes Swietek on Twitter at twitter.com/BGDNgovtbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.

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