Aransas County plans new courthouse in Rockport after Harvey damage

FILE: A Rockport home destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Nov. 20, 2017. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)
FILE: A Rockport home destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Nov. 20, 2017. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a South Texas county battered by Hurricane Harvey plan to build a new courthouse to replace the more than 60-year-old structure destroyed by the storm.

The Aransas County Commissioners Court on Friday approved seeking a request for qualifications for architectural services. It’s part of the process to design and build a new courthouse in Rockport, a city of about 10,000 located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi.

Harvey made landfall in the area Aug. 25. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Aransas County Judge Burt Mills Jr. later toured the courthouse and found the structure flooded and severely damaged.

Federal authorities determined the courthouse, built in 1956 and recognized by the Texas Historical Commission, was damaged beyond repair. Mills says the commission has approved allowing demolition of the building.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com