Commissioners approve next step in firehouse renovations
By BY BIANCA R. MONTES - BMONTES@VICAD.COM
July 7, 2014 at 2:07 a.m.
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The historic firehouse in downtown Victoria is one step closer to becoming a courtroom.
Victoria County commissioners unanimously approved a contract between the county and Rawley McCoy and Associates on Monday to prepare documents to receive competitive sealed proposals for the $2 million restoration.
Last year, commissioners began looking at options to handle overcrowding at the courthouse, and after a survey was completed by architect Rawley McCoy, a renovation of the Forrest Street firehouse became the solution.
The renovations will include a new courtroom addition, predominantly to be used by the commissioners court, administration offices, an elevator, exit stairs and connectability to the current courthouse, McCoy said.
McCoy said the renovation made sense because the building was already there, and the possible demolition of the building was discouraged by the Texas Historic Commission.
"It just made sense to repurpose it to a usable building," he said.
McCoy expects to receive proposals for the project by the end of the year.
"If we get them opened before the end of the year, then the project can start first part of next year," he said.
Opening bids for the Goldman's Street Complex, the old Hartman Distributing building, also were presented at Monday's meeting and should be on the agenda next week for consideration.