MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales says he wants demolition of the vacant old Midland County courthouse to be started after July 4.

The now city-owned courthouse was built in 1930.

Its site is to be the location for a skyscraper - or two - that would be the tallest structures in the West Texas city of about 120,000.

The Energy Tower at City Center project would be centerpiece of one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Midland, in the oil-rich Permian Basin, is benefiting from the energy boom and the project would top a 24-story building that now is the city's tallest.

City spokeswoman Sara Higgins tells the Midland Reporter-Telegram no official date for the demolition has been set.