The Metropolitan Utilities District board on Wednesday unanimously accepted Douglas County’s $6 million offer for MUD’s 78,400-square-foot downtown property. Douglas County plans to use the property for a courthouse annex and other justice-related services.
“This is the first step, but a key step, in helping us begin the process of changing the quality of life for children and families in Douglas County,” says Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers. “I want to thank MUD for partnering with us on this project and for their courage to see what this project means for the future of Douglas County residents.”
The county’s $6 million offer covers land, MUD’s 45,000-square-foot office building, annex and parking. County officials have agreed to keep the original MUD building erect for at least 50 years.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of the MUD board’s decision to move forward in partnership with us,” says Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson. “I am excited to continue defining our Justice Center plan so that we can better serve our citizens, our youth and our families in Douglas County.”
The next Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting will be Jan. 8.