Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces Almost $2.4 Million in Federal Funding for Starr County Courthouse Project

Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148), September 10, 2021

Mission, TX – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $2,392,763 in secured federal funding for the Starr County Courthouse Project. This project supports the renovation and restoration of the historical Starr County Courthouse. These repairs will address safety issues and enable the courthouse to continue providing essential services to Starr County.

“The historical Courthouse, built in 1886 and rebuilt in 1938, is in dire need of repairs and renovations. The Courthouse will no longer be able to serve its community if safety hazards are not addressed,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I secured this critical funding to help Starr County address major maintenance issues, replace mechanical and electrical systems and preserve the original building fabric. Starr County will greatly benefit from this sizable investment. Through this funding, the Starr County Courthouse will once again provide an accessible, safe resource to the community.”

More specifically, the project will fund necessary repairs to the Courthouse including roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, mechanical and electrical equipment improvements, security updates, hazardous material abatement, and ADA accessibility. Care will be taken to preserve the original interior design of the building while providing these critical updates. The renovation and restoration of the Courthouse will allow the historic building to serve its integral purpose in Starr County. 

The Starr County Courthouse project will occur in two phases. The first phase, funded by the federal grant, will include the interior and roofing repairs. The second phase, funded by the state, will include the exterior renovations. The project has been approved by the Texas Historical Commission.