Federal Courthouse Construction Cleared

Construction on a new Federal Courthouse in San Antonio gets the green light.

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure passed Wednesday a General Services Administration resolution, which included money for a new courthouse in San Antonio. It’s the final approval needed in this process.

“The design of our new federal courthouse has been in limbo for over a year so today’s approval means we can get back to work,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement. “We are so grateful to our San Antonio delegation for all the work they did to secure such a necessary investment. We look forward to having a safe, modern and efficient federal facility in our downtown.”

“With (Wednesday’s) vote in Congress, the federal judiciary will finally get a courthouse secure enough to safely handle cases against some of the hemisphere’s most dangerous criminals,” Councilman Joe Krier said.

Concerns about safety at the old courthouse have been repeated in the last year in the city’s push for federal money.

“We’re one step closer to the finish line,” Congressman Lamar Smith said in a statement. “We now have the funds and the approval to begin work on a safe and modernized courthouse that will serve San Antonio and Western District of Texas for many years to come.”

Congressman Will Hurd said it’s a milestone for the city.

It not only ensures the safety and security of the hundreds of employees who work at the facility, but also the tens of thousands of families that have already visited the revitalized children’s park that opened last year right outside the current Courthouse building,” Hurd said in a statement. “This is the perfect example of the federal and local government on both sides of the aisle working together to fight for the best interest of San Antonians.”

 

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