county moved to annex 10 years ago | New
News last week that after 20 years of an overcrowded courthouse, Smith County is buying property to build a new one, is a reminder of Henderson County’s decision ten years ago.
After years of searching for the perfect space to put the Henderson County office overflow, Commissioners Court came up with a solution. In February 2010, the county struck a deal with Prosperity to purchase the building, with ideas to use it for offices and document storage. The cost was around $ 2.7 million.
In September 2011, the County Judge, County Clerk, Tax Assessor / Collector and other services that had been at the courthouse for almost a century moved across South Prairieville Street. in the courthouse annex, a 33,500 square foot building that once housed the Prosperity Bank.
Then, in October, the Commissioners’ Court voted to begin holding meetings in the annex, first in a room next to the county judge’s office and then later in the county’s largest courtroom. which is used today.
Before deciding on the annex, the county discussed the possible use of other properties available around town and even looked at a site on Loop 7 North.
The bank building became vacant when Prosperity vacated the property in late April 2011. Then County Judge Richard Sanders, County Commissioners, IT, and the Maintenance Office got to work preparing the spacious structure. for the move.
With an open space in the courthouse, the county began to vacate the decaying annex building on North Palestine Street that housed the tax office and the Texas Agri-Life extension office.
Not only did the move save the county money over other options, it also kept the county government presence downtown. Since then, downtown Athens has grown into a more vibrant district, with new businesses and the Texan Theater to draw people to the central business district.