Commissioners OK proposal to renovate county buildings

Dallas County Commissioners said yes to a proposal to gut the Records Building and give it new life.

Renovating the building, which would anchor four county government buildings, could cost more than $100 million. The county would seek a seven-year loan and no tax hike.

"Our recommendation from this court is we don't piecemeal any type of reconstruction; that we get everybody out and we do it from the floor to the roof," said Dallas County administrator Darryl Martin.

That will pose problems for offices like the county clerk and tax assessor collector.

"We have to be very sensitive to how we move out of the building and where we move so we can continue to serve those constituents," said Dallas County tax assessor-collector John R. Ames.

So with the planned renovations now of the records building complex, it'll become the anchor of four government buildings in downtown, and Judge Jenkins hopes maybe even help revitalize the West End.

Commissioners voted to accept the committee's recommendations.

First steps begin next week.

"We're talking about moving forward with, you know, what has been a part of downtown that needs to be brought up to life," said Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia.

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