Dallas County broke ground on a $33-million government center in Oak Cliff last week.
The two-story, 43,000-square-foot building is expected to open in summer 2021. It will also have a three-story parking garage with 240 spaces.
The building will house Dallas County Justice of the Peace, truancy, constable and tax departments.
It will sit on 2 acres at 702 E. Jefferson Boulevard, in Oak Cliff’s original Downtown.
County Commissioner Elba Garcia says the county has too many old buildings that are expensive to maintain. This is one of several county government hubs that have been built or planned in the past few years. Dallas County previously was backlogging $100 million in maintenance costs every year. Now the county has about $20 million a year in those deferred-maintenance costs, Garcia says.