Courthouse

Construction continues Friday on the new Denton County Courthouse as work crews placed the frame for the dome atop the building. The building off South Loop 288 is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Workers added a 40-foot-tall dome to the new Denton County Courthouse on Friday, with construction expected to be completed in the fall of 2020, said Dawn Cobb, the county’s director of community management.

The new courthouse, located at 701 Karina St. off Loop 288, will be 96,000 square feet and cost around $43 million to build. It will house offices that are currently located in the Joseph A. Carroll Building and the Courthouse on the Square.

“We’re so excited about this new project,” County Judge Andy Eads said in a video posted to Denton County’s Facebook page. “It’s going to be a new landmark here, not only for the city of Denton but all of Denton County as we celebrate wonderful government services that are going to be performed right here on this campus.”

Offices that will move to the new courthouse include the Commissioners Court, human resources, economic development, Precinct 1 constable and Precinct 1 justice of the peace.

“We want to provide a convenient one-stop-shop atmosphere for all Denton County taxpayers,” former County Judge Mary Horn said in the county’s news release about the groundbreaking. “As good stewards of taxpayer dollars, Denton County is committed to providing quality customer service.”

Cobb said that while crews have experienced rain delays this year, the weather did not impact the overall construction schedule.

While no decisions have been made, Cobb said there are discussions to renovate the Carroll Building in downtown Denton to house more courtrooms and offices.

LIZZY SPANGLER can be reached via Twitter at @LizzySpangler.

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