by Justin Kree
MIDLAND - The old Midland County Courthouse was going to be demolished to make way for the new Energy Tower. With that project in the past, the question now is, what is the fate of the old building?
"Unless a group steps up and proposes a great plan how they can revitalize it, I think it's time for it to come down," Midland Mayor, Jerry Morales said.
Morales says despite the Energy Tower project falling through, Energy Related Properties is a good company to do business with.
"They've done a fantastic job of being a good community partner. A great corporate citizen to Midland. They've done great enhancements to the buildings that they have. This is their home, they live here," Morales said.
NewsWest 9 reached out to the developers but they gave no comment. The city wanted ERP to make a proposal and bring it to the council because the time was hindering more business downtown.
"That land ties in with the Midland Center and it ties up business over there. Midland Center needed to plan and book business for next year. So we needed to understand what ERP was going to build, what the construction was going to entail so we could tell Midland Center. So it was a bigger picture than just the Energy Tower," Morales said
Morales tells NewsWest 9, if ERP comes up with another proposal, the city will definitely look at it. However, the Mayor says the Council learned something with the cancellation of this project.
"Going forward, the council and staff learned to ask for a develop agreements up front. We'll also shorten the timeline. We're much smarter and we will be much more aggressive and strategies more," Morales said.
But even after this failed plan, he says Midlanders are excited for downtown development.
"The energy is there. People want to see our downtown lively, they want to live, work and play there," Morales said.