Capitol View Corridors Update

County officials appear unlikely to want to pursue exception to corridors this session

County officials appear unlikely to want to pursue an exception to the Capitol view corridors this session. After a lengthy presentation by consultants – and some discussion from the dais – County Judge Sam Biscoe said he could only conclude that it was unlikely the court could present a unanimous front on the corridor issues – specifically all five members of the court voting to use one of two proposed county-owned sites for a new civil courthouse. Nor did the commissioners appear particularly inclined to condemn anything else Downtown and take it off the tax roll, an idea that appeared particularly repugnant to Commissioner Gerald Daugherty. Instead, Commissioner Margaret Gómez raised the possibility, once more, of using the Stokes Building site for a courthouse site. That, however, would mean serious logistical headaches for the county.

Biscoe said he would put the issue back on the agenda for a final vote next week.

*Oops! The following correction ran in our March 1, 2007 issue: We accidentally ran a story in last week's News section that previously appeared in local online newsletter In Fact Daily. Kimberly Reeves, the author of "Capitol View Corridors Update," freelances for IFD as well as for the Chronicle and accidentally sent us her IFD version of the story. We regret the error.

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