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County Conducts Hush-Hush Search for Courthouse Expansion Space

Three mystery sites added to list

In a closed session at their Tuesday meeting, Travis County commissioners discussed adding three new properties to their list of potential new sites for the county’s courthouse, according to a Wednesday Austin-American Statesman report. The court declined to reveal the three locations, the story added.

Voters gave a thumbs-down to a bond proposal last spring that would have committed $287 million to a civil courthouse at 300 Guadalupe Street. More recently, the court voted to move toward selling or leasing the Guadalupe Street property, which it purchased in anticipation of building.

The court also considered trying to acquire the old federal courthouse at 200 West Eighth Street, which belongs to the General Services Administration.

Wednesday’s Statesman story notes that commissioners also voted to analyze the both the county’s south and north campuses, located at South Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street and on Airport Boulevard respectively. The story also reported that commissioners voted to move to the next stage of analysis of four sites that passed initial investigation standards: the Guadalupe site, the University Savings Building (1008 Lavaca Street), the Granger Building (314 West 11th Street), and the county’s primary headquarters (700 Lavaca Street).

Three sites added in analysis of potential Travis County court space [AAS]

Downtown Courthouse Shuffle: County Moves to Sell Prime Property After Election Defeat [Curbed Austin]