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Tag Archives: Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse

County to issue non-voter approved debt for courthouse

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved the use of Certificates of Obligation to fund its new civil and family courthouse Tuesday morning. “This is not something that we just want,” said Commissioner Jeff Travillion. “This is a statutory responsibility that…

Courts to explain more trials, fewer inmates

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved requests for two budget transfers from the allocated reserve to the civil and criminal court systems Tuesday morning. The criminal courts and civil courts are to receive $1,580,000 and $332,223, respectively. The decision passed…

Travis County reveals proposed location for new courthouse

Travis County is negotiating with a private development group to build a brand-new civil courthouse at West 17th and Guadalupe streets. The location was revealed after County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting that she had signed…

Travis County takes brand-new tack in courthouse search

Travis County’s search for a new site on which to build a new civil courthouse has taken an unprecedented turn after the Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to solicit proposals from potential private partners interested in both putting up land…

Austin Monitor Radio: 308 Guadalupe

Mark Gilbert, the managing director of Travis County’s Economic & Strategic Planning Division, sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Caleb Pritchard to talk about the deal to develop 308 Guadalupe Street as a mixed-use development, permanently shelving plans to…

County prepares to strike lucrative deal for failed courthouse site

Instead of a new civil courthouse, how about a massive, privately financed mixed-use development that will pour millions of dollars into public coffers? That’s the direction Travis County is close to clinching for its hyper-valuable piece of downtown property at…

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Feds clear county's path to new old courthouse

Travis County is one step closer to claiming ownership of a historic federal courthouse in downtown Austin. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected homeless advocacy group Front Steps’ bid to take control of the U.S.…

County criminal courts ask for more judges

The Travis County Criminal Courts system is in need of expanding, according to top officials. Presiding Judge Brenda Kennedy and several of her colleagues officially made the request before County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and the Commissioners Court on Tuesday. All…

County could seek to cram new courts in crowded courthouse

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday agonized over a proposal to add two more district courts to the already stuffed Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse. Led by local administrative Judge Lora Livingston, a delegation from the county’s civil and family…

Capitol view corridor dashes longshot hopes for county courthouse plan

The Texas Legislature has no interest in helping Travis County build a new civil courthouse across the street from its existing one if it means blocking protected views of the State Capitol, according to state Sen. Kirk Watson. “I don’t…

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Courthouse redux?

Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard sits down with Julia Spann, chair of the community advisory committee for the Civil and Family Court Complex, and Belinda Powell, the county’s strategic resource planning manager, to talk about the continuing Travis County Courthouse…

Courthouse committee seeks Commissioners Court's guidance

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said on Tuesday that the current gold standard of potential sites for a new civil courthouse is another county-owned property in downtown Austin. “I do understand that, at least in the tier one analysis, it’s…

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