Travis County commissioners voted Tuesday to move toward selling a downtown lot at 300 Guadalupe Street, according to an Austin American-Statesman report. The lot was purchased to be site of a new county courthouse, but last year voters defeated a $287 million bond package that would have paid for the new building—some of them reasoning that the value of the land would be better realized through private development.
On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted to request proposals from developers wanting to lease or purchase the site, the Statesman reported.
The county also continued in its attempt to to acquire the old federal courthouse at 200 West Eighth Street. The Depression-era building is on the National Register of Historic Places, the paper reported, noting that the General Services Administration is expected to release it as surplus property—which would mean it could be given to a governmental entity a no cost.