The Maine Judicial Branch is seeking land for a new courthouse in York County, it said in a news release Tuesday.

The judicial branch is looking for about 7 acres where it can build a 30,000-square-foot courthouse. The facility would be able to accommodate 300 cars, with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.

A Site Selection Commission created by the Legislature will meet Aug. 1 at the York County Superior Courthouse in Alfred to review potential sites. State Court Administrator James T. Glessner said the deadline for interested property owners to make offerings has been extended to Aug. 10.

“We expect to have several potential properties that meet our basic criteria, so that the Site Selection Commission can choose a site and complete its work by November,” Glessner said.

The commission is looking for land that would allow access from a major road, have 7 acres zoned for courthouse use, and be on a site served by public utilities.

Earlier this year, the Legislature approved borrowing $95 million to build or renovate courthouses in York, Oxford and Knox counties.

The York County project would be the costliest of the three, at an estimated $65 million, according to testimony before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

The project would lead to the closure of all four of York County’s existing courthouses – the Superior Court in Alfred and District Courts in Biddeford, Springvale and York.

All three courthouse projects are part of a long-range plan to consolidate and modernize courthouses around the state.

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