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Tag Archives: Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Austin Monitor

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…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

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 308…

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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. Courthouse…

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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 told, Kennedy…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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 courts…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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 think…

Monday, August 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

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 actually…

Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County keeps controversial property in courthouse hunt

The Travis County Commissioners Court has revised the list of properties in their hunt for a new civil courthouse site, and one parcel that remains in the running is the one that voters rejected last November.Based on recommendations from both…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County moves to add new courthouse to its collection

In its quest to relieve overcrowding at the 85-year-old Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, Travis County is turning its eyes to a younger building: the 81-year-old U.S. Courthouse at 200 W. Eighth St.On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted 4-0…

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

State law stymies county courthouse plans

Travis County’s renewed search for a suitable site for a new civil courthouse is facing stiff headwinds from a state law aimed at stifling development in downtown Austin.Last Wednesday, the Civil and Family Courthouse Community Advisory Committee showed little interest…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County ponders partnership with city on one-stop justice shop

With a pair of aging courthouses between them, Travis County and the city of Austin could find a solution to their problems through mutual cooperation.That idea was part of the focus of a Thursday afternoon work session at Travis County…

Monday, February 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County approves screening process for courthouse sites

Travis County planners are heading back to the laboratory to hash out the pros and cons of several select properties – including the one that voters rejected in November – that could be home to a new civil courthouse.On Tuesday,…

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County reboots civil courthouse project

Less than three months after voters rejected a nine-figure bond to build a new civil courthouse, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to effectively reboot the process that had been more than 15 years in the making.The 4-0…

Friday, November 13, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Zimmerman, Troxclair resurrect failed proposal for civil courthouse

Two Austin City Council members are renewing an effort to persuade Travis County to build a new civil courthouse in the so-called “Eastern Crescent.”The day after voters narrowly rejected the county’s $287 million bond to build the facility in downtown Austin, Council…

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County voters reject civil courthouse bonds

It was a tight match all night long, but in the end, Travis County’s $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond fell with a stiff punch in the gut.After several tense hours that at one extended point saw support…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County committed to downtown courthouse

The downtown block at the center of Travis County’s proposed Civil & Family Courts Complex proposal won’t necessarily be freed up for private development if voters reject the $287 million bond today.Opposition to the proposal has sprouted from downtown advocates,…

Monday, November 2, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: TravCo courthouse debate

Travis County Pct. 2 Commissioner Brigid Shea and Travis County Taxpayers Union representative Roger Falk join Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to debate the question of whether or not to fund the construction of a new Travis County Civil and…

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners get tangled up on Master Plan policy

A key component of Travis County’s Master Plan – a massive realignment of workers, buildings and valuable real estate holdings – remains grounded after staff signaled on Tuesday that it wasn’t quite ready for takeoff.Before the County Commissioners Court during…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County planners pledge to keep courthouse block “alive after five”

Anxiety is palpable this week at 700 Lavaca St., where Travis County officials and planners nervously wait as early voters cast their ballots to decide the fate of the $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond.While the Travis County…

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