Tag Archives: Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse

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…

Monday, October 19, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: In so many words

Last week, the Austin Monitor reported on a press conference held by the Travis County Taxpayers Union to announce the group’s opposition to Travis County’s $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond. Due to space constraints, we included in…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

In Travis County’s courthouse bond campaign, a challenger emerges

With less than a month to go before Election Day, the first organized effort to oppose Travis County’s $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond has finally materialized.The Travis County Taxpayers Union, backed by Austin City Council Member Don…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County sells service station

The Travis County Commissioners Court has approved the sale of a prime piece of real estate on the outskirts of downtown Austin in a deal that is tied to the $287 million Civil & Family Courts Complex bond election.Last Tuesday, the…

Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Courthouse proposal gets shut down in committee

A city proposal to relocate the county courthouse from downtown to East Austin didn’t gain any traction at the Audit and Finance Committee on Wednesday, but it did spark a heated conversation.Though City Council Member Ellen Troxclair moved to approve…

Friday, September 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Swift backlash for Zimmerman’s courthouse idea

City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s idea to relocate the proposed Travis County Civil & Family Courts Complex to East Austin drew fire Thursday.After years of planning, Travis County Commissioners voted last month to place a $287 million bond on the…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners set courthouse bond election

Travis County’s largest bond proposition in recent memory has officially graduated from the Commissioners Court to the much more challenging court of public opinion.In a historic moment that capped off years of planning, the commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to…

Friday, August 14, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Aging courthouse loses pace with growing county

As Travis County commissioners march forward with a plan to replace the aging Heman Marion Sweatt Courthouse, denizens of that historic building are pulling no punches in their description of it.“It’s awful. It’s terrible. It’s undignified,” was the way Judge…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners lower courts-complex price tag

Travis County voters will face a slightly smaller-than-expected bond proposition this November, thanks to last-minute trimming in the proposed Civil & Family Courts Complex budget.At the Commissioners Court’s regular voting session on Tuesday, county staff officially unveiled the new $287.3…

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Lawyers boost courthouse campaign

Members of Austin’s legal community have given a six-figure jolt to the campaign for a new civil and family courts complex.According to campaign finance documents filed last week, the political action committee coordinating the effort says it raised $134,439 in…

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County shops for tools to blunt courthouse bonds

Travis County will host a forum for developers to explore options for a second, privately built tower on the block that would also be home to the proposed $292 million Civil & Family Courts Complex.The Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday…

Friday, April 3, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Activist opposes Travis courthouse bond proposal

A prominent local advocate for low taxes and fiscal responsibility has declared his opposition to Travis County’s proposed $292 million Civil and Family Courthouse bond.Retired accountant Bill Oakey announced Thursday that he has resigned from the Community Focus Committee, an…

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