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Smith Co. commissioners approve purchase of property for new courthouse project

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2021 at 7:32 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - On Tuesday morning, Smith County commissioners took a step toward building a new courthouse on the east side of the downtown Tyler square.

Commissioners approved the purchase of a building at 219 E. Ferguson Street for about $218,000.

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran says it’s his goal to buy up most, if not all, of the properties on the east side of the square before going to voters with a bond request.

This rendering of the new courthouse was shown by architects at a commissioners court meeting...
This rendering of the new courthouse was shown by architects at a commissioners court meeting in March of 2021.(Courtesy photo)

In March 2021, plans remained on pause when Moran said he wanted to focus on improving roads before asking voters to approve the courthouse project. The project had previously been delayed by COVID-19. Before the pandemic, Moran had planned to have voters decide on a bond proposal in November 2020.

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