Willacy County to renovate old courthouse

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — Plans are underway in South Texas for a $4.5 million renovation of the historic Willacy County Courthouse, built in 1922 in the classical revival style.

The Valley Morning Star (http://bit.ly/Vm6y7R ) reports that officials say the project will take three to four years.

The courthouse designed by Henry T. Phelps has suffered from crumbling brick walls, flaking plaster and leaky walls and windows for years. County Judge John F. Gonzales Jr. calls it a "sick building."

Before the renovation starts, offices in the building will have to be relocated. So Gonzales says officials are first renovating the former jail and sheriff's office behind the courthouse to make temporary space for courthouse workers.

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Information from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com

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