Sarpy County has agreed to spend $350,000 to purchase a former auto business that is east of its courthouse complex near 84th Street and Highway 370.

The County Board recently approved the purchase of the former Gold Coast Auto at its weekly meeting.

The price tag includes the land and the building, at 1310 Gold Coast Road.

The building will be used as a service center for some of the county’s vehicles and equipment. In the future, the land could provide the county additional parking space.

County officials have been exploring options to fix its aging, overcrowded jail, including the possibility of constructing a new facility on the current county campus.

Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett, the county’s spokeswoman, said the purchase isn’t directly related to the jail — the county has been eyeing the former auto business for several years.

But, Stubenhofer-Barrett said, the purchase does give the county more contiguous land.

Don Kelly, chairman of the County Board, said the purchase was made with the future in mind.

“Sarpy continues to grow, so we need (to) plan for a courthouse that can serve the citizens when our population reaches 200,000, 250,000 or even 350,000 people,” he said in a press release.

— BH News Service

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