The new Tarrant County Northeast Courthouse had a “soft” opening in December, but officials wanted a month to celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
More than 300 people attended the opening of the courthouse, located at 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst. It was built in the same location as the previous courthouse that had run out of room, both inside and in the parking lot.
“We outgrew the old facility years ago have operated in the cramped quarters that were inefficient,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes said in a news release. “By upgrading technology, expanding office sizes to meet present and future demand, and offering more parking for our citizens, this new courthouse is more accessible and efficient.”
Fickets and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley spoke at the ribbon cutting, which was held Jan. 23.
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The 43,000 square-foot, $12.8 million courthouse will house Fickes’ office, as well as those of Precinct 3’s constable, county clerk and justice of the peace.
The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office is one of the busiest spots and there is also a on-site office of the Tarrant County Credit Union.
Outside, there are 300 parking spots, almost double the previous amount.
The courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information: 817-581-3600 or tarrantcounty.com