Finishing touches were being placed Wednesday on the newly remodeled Hidalgo County administration building, and employees slowly made their way back to the new offices.
“People who TMve come to commissioners court or to the offices here a few years ago, they will see an immediate difference,” said Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Julia Sullivan.
The first two floors of the five story building have been undergoing a floor to ceiling renovation over the last three years. It cost the county just over $3.76 million to renovate the 52,417 square feet. Taxpayers will get a sneak peak at the changes next Tuesday during commissioner TMs court.
“The commissioner TMs court has been reoriented to face north and south when it used to face east and west. It TMs bigger. Itcan seat a little over 100 people and it’ll be high tech,” Sullivan said.
The county feels money and time were well spent.
Over 100 employees from several departments will be housed in the building including the Hidalgo County judge TMs office, public affairs, emergency management, and the 13th Court of Appeals.
“Still waiting to move in is the district attorney’s office, which is where the biggest impact is going to be because right now, the district attorney’s office is spread between two buildings. Once, they move in here they will be centralized in this location, which makes it easier to communicate with your staff,” Sullivan said.
The departments chosen to be housed in the building were strategically picked because of its close proximity to the Hidalgo County courthouse.
“It TMs really crucial for the district attorney’s office to be here because they are back and forth across the street, explained Sullivan, Adult probation is here. These are the people that are court appointed. People need to walk across the street (from the courthouse) to see the adult probation officers,” Sullivan said.
There TMs still a few finishing touches to be completed, like the parking lot. The county said it hopes to have all the work completed in about two months.
“We’re all anxious to get back,” said Sullivan.