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DCTA looking for new office

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By Bj Lewis

Agency to move after property owner agrees to sell building to TxDOT

The Denton County Transportation Authority is looking for a new home.

The agency will be required to move out of its administrative offices at Interstate 35E and Corporate Drive in Lewisville by Aug. 11. Vista North Partners, the property owner, has agreed to sell the building to the Texas Department of Transportation in anticipation of Phase II of the expansion of Interstate 35E.

“We’re kind of looking forward to it,” said DCTA President Jim Cline. “The first thing we had to do is find a new place to have our administrative offices and do the business of DCTA.”

Cline said the staff is considering a three-year lease on another building or perhaps building a new headquarters of its own.

In a recent special meeting, the DCTA board approved Cline executing a contract on a new building. He and other officials are remaining tight-lipped on the potential new location until everything is signed.

“We think having a facility at one of the train stations in Lewisville would make a lot of sense,” Cline said.

He noted the example set by the Eulene Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center, which has a customer service area, meeting rooms and other space for operations.

“We have to see what we can afford and have to see how it fits in the overall plan,” Cline said. “There’s a lot of due diligence and planning that will go with that. This will give us the time to be deliberate about that so we can better serve the riders and our member cities.”

Cline said the transition from one location to another will not have an impact on train or bus service. Officials will spend a day or two moving and getting settled in their new location.

“We will do something to make it work,” Cline said. “The notice we got was for Aug. 11, so we’re on track with that.”

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