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Posted on: January 20, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Courthouse Committee Convenes

Committee member Juan Medina of Weslaco, appointed by Commissioner Joel Quintanilla, submits his preferred layout and site plan.

The Hidalgo County Courthouse Master Plan Committee met for the third time on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The meeting began with an overview of the upcoming schedule for the next phases of the master planning process over the next two months. Members were then presented with an overview of the City of Edinburg's Downtown Implementation Plan, which includes an investment of over $2.7 million infrastructure improvements that will ready the city for anticipated growth and revitalization of the downtown area. The City is also footing the bill for the courthouse master plan process, demonstrating the City's commitment to the County's efforts to identify a long-term solution to address the growing needs. More discussion was held on the history of the County seat, historical preservation issues (which have determined that the original Courthouse building, built in 1954, must remain preserved), and comparisons in Hidalgo County's population growth over time and compared to other counties. Finally, members were asked to select a preference as to layout of building and site plans for the new building (which will remain on the Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg). Members decided on one linear site with a seven-floor vertical organization that allows for two shelled floors for expansion as needed, as well as an additional two floors for the future.

Next steps in the planning phase include holding four precinct forums to garner community input on the proposed recommendations provided by the committee. These forums will be held in February; details are forthcoming. For more information on the Courthouse Master Plan Committee, visit the Courthouse Master Plan webpage at

https://sites.google.com/site/hcchmasterplan/

You can also read informative articles about the master plan process at the links below:

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/financial-58090-plan-affect.html
http://riograndeguardian.com/rggnews_story.asp?story_no=22

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