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Court approves Travis County Master Plan
Friday, April 24, 2015 by Courtney Griffin
County Commissioners approved the new Travis County Master Plan on Tuesday with an amendment that allocates proceeds from its more than $500,000 sale of properties toward paying down bond debt, with a priority given to paying down debt on a new courthouse. With a possible $30 million generated in one-time real estate sales, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said it could potentially cover 10 percent of the proposed $291 million Civil and Family Courthouse. Commissioners approved a concept and space program in January for the new facility. Plans for the proposed courthouse provide for approximately 520,000 square feet of building space and a four-level underground parking facility with over 500 spaces. The courthouse would be 14 stories and provide 28 courtrooms in the initial build-out, according to Travis County documents. Eckhardt also asked commissioners to propose suitable properties listed in the master plan that could be converted into affordable housing units.
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