Denton County to host grand opening for new administrative courthouse

Denton County Administrative Courthouse front
The new Denton County Administrative Courthouse features a traditional government building design with a clock at the top. (Courtesy Denton County)

The new Denton County Administrative Courthouse features a traditional government building design with a clock at the top. (Courtesy Denton County)

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The back of the new Denton Count Administrative Courthouse features a more modern glass design. (Courtesy Denton County)
The Denton County Commissioners Court will hold a grand opening and dedication for the new Denton County Administrative Courthouse on Nov. 4, according to a news release.

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.

By Bailey Lewis
Bailey Lewis covers the cities of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake, as well as Keller, Roanoke and northeast Fort Worth. In December 2020, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, she worked and interned for various publications, such as Local Profile, the OU Daily, the Malheur Enterprise and News21. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching documentaries.


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