County Considers Offers on Two Buildings

The Lubbock County Commissioners Court will consider the sale of two buildings on Monday. The first is the old federal building at 800 Broadway.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock County Commissioners Court will consider the sale of two buildings on Monday. The first is the old federal building at 800 Broadway.

Up until the late 1960’s 800 Broadway was both the downtown Post Office and the federal courtroom. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1995. Three Commissioners said over the weekend they had not been fully briefed yet on details of the sale. They expected to hear details in a closed-door meeting Monday morning.  It is also on the agenda for public discussion.

The deal includes an empty lot in the 700 block of 13th street. It had been listed on a real estate website for $500,000.

The website preservationtexas.org says, “Leaks in the roof have damaged the ornate, decorative paintings, and historic courtroom ceiling [on the third floor].” The building also has a marble staircase.

The second building is the old annex at 240 West Garza Street in Slaton. After 18 months on the market, the building will be sold to an oil field supply company for $35,000.

“It’s a great deal for the taxpayers. We’ll get that building back on the tax rolls,” said Precinct Two Commissioner Mark Heinrich.

The annex had been used back in the days when Lubbock County had seven Justices of the Peace. Now there are four, all of which are located in the courthouse. The annex had also been used a satellite of the Tax Assessor Collector, which has since moved.

UPDATE: On Monday County Commissioners accepted an offer for $500,000 from a company called Appaloosa Development. The company has 90 days to close the deal. 
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