Morningstar to donate land for courthouse annex

East Parker County’s Morningstar development recently agreed to donate land to the county for a new courthouse annex.

The land, located on the north side of Old Weatherford Road and east of FM 3325 in Precinct 4, spans 2.5 acres and is appraised for $739,000.

“With the continued growth in East Parker County, this location is ideal to serve taxpayers for many years,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “We appreciate the generosity of the Morningstar developers and their commitment to Parker County.

“We currently lease space and this donation will allow us to put those dollars towards owning an appropriate facility,” he said.

Once constructed, the courthouse annex will face the residential area of the Morningstar development.

“The people of Precinct 4 are honored that Morningstar would make such a generous gift,” said Steve Dugan, Precinct 4 commissioner. “This donation will allow us to better serve the people of East Parker County by allowing us to build the annex in such a convenient location.”

Kim Gill, president of Morningstar developer FG Aledo, said the annex site marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the county.

“Not only are we the first master planned residential development in East Parker County with houses going online late spring, but we are also completely dedicated to the future of Parker County,” Gill said. 

“We look forward to a long partnership with the county. And we look forward to seeing the courthouse annex completed and sitting right next to our residential development.”

The Morningstar development is a 737-acre master-planned community currently under construction in East Parker County.

Beginning this year, between 140 and 200 homes will be built every year until the development reaches build-out at about 2,100 homes.

 

By MAGGIE FRASER mfraser@weatherforddemocrat.com