The government building will consolidate county staff from the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square and the Carroll Courts Building to one location in Denton, the release stated. The courthouse sits on 10 acres in a larger complex that is home to Denton County Public Health, facilities administration, emergency services, adult probation and election and technology services.
Once audio and visual equipment is installed on Nov. 9, commissioners court meetings will move from the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square to the new building, according to the release.
The $45 million building was funded through the 2008 bond election, the release stated, with construction starting in November 2018. However, construction happened “at a slower-than-expected pace” because of COVID-19-induced labor and material shortages and the February winter storm.
The Denton County Administrative Courthouse will include a room on its third floor that will be available for reservation by the public, according to the release. The room has seating for 186 people, along with a podium, presentation screens, food service area and balcony.
Moving county staff to the new building frees up space at the Carroll Courts Building for more courts, officials have said. On Jan. 1, 2022, the county will add the 481st District Court and Probate Court No. 2.
The area behind the courthouse has an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor restrooms for public use, a large grassy area with a pond and a recycled iron bridge with memorials to police and fire, according to the release.
Members of the public are invited to join the grand opening celebration for refreshments and tours at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 at 1 Courthouse Drive off Loop 288 in Denton, the release stated.
“I am thrilled to dedicate this building and offer tours of our incredible facility,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads wrote in an Oct. 29 newsletter.