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.
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.