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March 27, 2013

Back to the Future:

County hears courthouse renovation/restoration spiels

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Since that time, Graves said Architexas has completed master plans or led restoration projects for dozens of courthouses and has been the leading firm for such projects throughout the state.

He explained the program further, noting the state pays for 85 percent of the cost while the county is responsible for the remainder. The county would likely contribute somewhere around $40,000, he explained, though the program allows the master planning costs and prior capital expenses to be included in that sum.

During a slideshow of previous projects Architexas has led, Graves explained the restorations seek to find original colors and design cues, resulting in historic structures upgraded to existing standards and technologies.

"We go in and accurately restore [the courthouse] to its original appearance," Melde said.

Should commissioners decide to move forward, Graves suggested beginning soon.

He said the state legislature will release funding for the next year of the program in May and the deadline for master plans to be considered is in October. He said the master planning process is complex, noting the looming deadline can still be met if the county decides to move forward soon.

Once a master plan is approved, the county can apply next year and be among those competing for a project award.

"Our firm has been successful in making the case for past projects," Graves said.

Commissioners took no action on either presentation during Monday's meeting.

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