Even af­ter county ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices move to 700 Lavaca and a new site and park­ing is iden­ti­fied for a civil courthouse, the county still would need more space, es­pe­cially for sup­port staff, Bis­coe said.

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on pro­jec­tions, the county will need the ad­di­tional space for crim­i­nal courts in two to three years, he said.

Even af­ter county ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices move to 700 Lavaca and a new site and park­ing is iden­ti­fied for a civil courthouse, the county still would need more space, es­pe­cially for sup­port staff for the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, Bis­coe said.

The ne­go­ti­ated fi­nal pur­chase price for the 315,000square-foot 700 Lavaca build­ing and 675-ve­hi­cle park­ing garage was $61.25 mil­lion plus clos­ing costs and fees. The county is­sued $65 mil­lion in bonds to pay for the pur­chase, a fig­ure that in­cludes about $2 mil­lion in clos­ing costs and other fees.

Bis­coe said com­mis­sion­ers would prob­a­bly de­cide on the Devel­op­ment 2000 pro­posal this sum­mer.

“At some point, we should let the de­vel­oper know: Are we in­ter­ested or are we not?” Bis­coe said.

Reed de­clined to com­ment on the pro­posal un­less com­mis­sion­ers ap­prove it.

The de­vel­oper came to the county with the pro­posal at least a year and a half ago, but Bis­coe said it has been on the back burner. County of­fi­cials have re­ceived sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions about the pro­posal, and they have dis­cussed the pro­posal dur­ing work ses­sions and be­hind closed doors.

The pro­posed build­ing near San An­to­nio Street would front West 11th Street and would be 6.5 floors with 130,000 square feet of of­fice space, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments. The pro­posed park­ing garage would have 3½ floors with 140 spa­ces.

Texas Congress of Par­ents and Teach­ers (Texas PTA) owns the prop­erty, which is as­sessed at nearly $2 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the Travis Cen­tral Ap­praisal District.

Devel­op­ment 2000 has built other down­town of­fice build­ings, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments and its web­site, in­clud­ing at 313 E. 12th St. and 1108 Lavaca St.

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