City of Midland and Energy Related Properties, LLC.: Do not demolish the old Midland County Courthouse
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City of Midland and Energy Related Properties, LLC.
City Council, Midland texas
Jeff Sparks
City Council, Midland texas
Jerry Morales
City Council, Midland texas
Scott Dufford
City Council, Midland texas
Jon James
City Council, Midland texas
Michael Trost

City of Midland and Energy Related Properties, LLC.: Do not demolish the old Midland County Courthouse

    1. Charlotte Dixon
    2. Petition by

      Charlotte Dixon

      Midland, TX

This beautiful building was built in 1930. There is a style and beauty to the architecture that any new "skyscraper" will not have.
Having low buildings on the East and West sides also allows the Centennial Plaza area to feel more open and friendly.
This building could be re-purposed into an event center, a hotel, offices or any other of a myriad of ideas.
A 59 story building would look out of place in a downtown where no other building approaches that height. And it is not needed. There are dozens of other properties, many large buildings, that have no aesthetic value, in other areas of downtown that could be torn down to make room for any needed office space.
The demolition and subsequent construction would cause the Centennial Plaza area to be unusable for the many outdoor events it hosts for a lengthy period of time.


Photo by: Terry Jeanson, June 2006

City of Midland and Energy Related Properties, LLC.
Jeff Sparks, City Council, Midland texas
Jerry Morales, City Council, Midland texas
Scott Dufford, City Council, Midland texas
Jon James, City Council, Midland texas
Michael Trost, City Council, Midland texas
Do not demolish the old Midland County Courthouse for a 53 story building that downtown does not need and has not been properly researched and approved by the citizens who will be losing community property to a private enterprise.

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Recent signatures


    1. A new facebook page for efforts to stall the tower project

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer
      Opposed to the Energy Tower

      Please keep all posting civil. This is a place to share your thoughts on why this building project...

    2. Wall Street Journal!

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      The WSJ did run the article on the proposed building. And a huge thank you to Russell Gold for an excellent piece.
      The more talk, discussion and closer examination that can be inspired - the better.

      Office Tower Sets Off Gusher of Opinions

      MIDLAND, Texas-In 1927, when T.S. Hogan announced plans for a 12-story office building called the Petroleum Tower, many here were incredulous. A skyscraper? On the plains of West Texas? But city leaders embraced the building and the status it conferred on the city as the heart of the new Permian Basin oil field, historians say.

    3. Another Interview

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      I was contacted by the Wall Street Journal today for an interview.
      There is no guarantee that it will be included in the final story they are working on which is about the area and economic growth.
      I was shocked to get the call. And whether it is included or not maybe it can help bring more attention to this.

      Thanks for the support and keep sharing and helping get signatures.


    4. 1000?

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      I'm feeling optimistic and want to aim for 1000 signatures.
      We are at 325 after just 1 week.
      So keep sharing and spreading the word.

    5. CBS 7 snippet

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer
      CBS 7 - Your Eye on West Texas


    6. Several Articles in the MRT Sunday

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      At the bottom I will include links to the articles online.
      There is a lot more talking and asking questions going on which is great.
      The city is now saying that they may help fund part of the underground parking garage - this had not to my knowledge been stated before.
      I think that a 30% occupancy commitment before building is a little low.
      I would also like more detail on what those occupancy commitments entail - just how set in stone they actually are.
      Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on this and continue to share this petition with as many as you can.

      County judge is a common thread in Midland's skyscraper talks

      News last week of the possible downtown construction of a 53-floor "Energy Tower" fueled memories of another old building that jutted up suddenly in the 1970s, as well as one of the players involved in decisions on both of the structures.

    7. CBS 7

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      Interview this evening - not sure what time it will air

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Reached 200 signatures
    10. MRT article

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      It will be in Friday's paper.

    11. Interview with MRT

      Charlotte Dixon
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for all of the support!
      I got a request for an interview from the MRT today - so someone is noticing.
      I look forward to sharing some of the many reasons why some Midanders think this is not a good move for our future.
      Thanks again and keep sharing.

    12. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dwight Inman MIDLAND, TX
      • 8 months ago

      I don't want to subsidize any developer and I want to save the old court house.

    • Justin Armstrong LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      the building is history

    • Martha George MIDLAND, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I prefer to have the center of downtown be an open space area. There are several empty office buildings downtown better suited to have a new office building erected. Also I believe that a building that tall is not practical or needed in Midland. I miss the vibrant Downtown we used to have in the late 70's , but this plan is out of sync with the character of Midland.

    • robert n hunt STEUBENVILLE, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      how many children have died since Robin Bush in the 1950's from leukemia from contamination..mocking the victims! energy indeed

    • Robert Glover MIDLAND, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I am from Longmont Colorado where historical buildings are revered. I cannot believe the City wants to tear down the courthouse and put up a status symbol, but the city is used to doing what it darn well pleases no matter the cost to citzens (ie) Midland Christian School.


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