Making a clean sweep

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An excavator sorts through what remains of a storage building used by the Denton County Elections Administration next to the Joseph A. Carroll Building on Dec. 26.

Two old storage buildings demolished to make way for new parking

More parking spaces are on their way for the Joseph A. Carroll Building in Denton.

Two buildings that sat adjacent to the courts building were recently demolished because of their age and condition, and their resting place paved over and used for parking in the 400 block of West Hickory Street.

One, a double-wide trailer, had been used as the law library for the courts when they occupied the Carroll Building, and then for general storage by the Denton County Elections Administration and other departments. The smaller storage building was used for records, officials said.

“Those buildings were just getting old and needed a lot of work,” said Danny Brumley, Denton County’s director of public facilities.

Beth Fleming, county director of purchasing, said the buildings were installed about 20 years ago. She said county officials attempted to sell the buildings as they were, to no avail.

“It was too expensive to have someone move them, that’s what the bidders told us,” Fleming said.

The long-term fate of the Carroll Building is still under discussion, Brumley said.

“There’s been talk of selling it [or] ... renovating that building and recycling it for other county usage, but that is still under discussion to my knowledge,” Brumley said. “I think at this point all options are open.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.

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