County investing a lot into temporary admin building

County investing a lot into temporary admin building

From the roof down to the parking lot pavement, there are some major changes going on to the Mayer Electric building before it's safe for the county departments and the public to use.
Houston County Administration Building will get $5.1 million in updates as part of the ESCO Project.
Houston County Administration Building will get $5.1 million in updates as part of the ESCO Project.
County commissioners decided to have the parking lot repaved.
County commissioners decided to have the parking lot repaved.
County facing many issues with Mayer Electric building before they're able to move in later this month.
County facing many issues with Mayer Electric building before they're able to move in later this month.
From the roof down to the parking lot pavement, there are some major changes going on to the Mayer Electric building before it's safe for the county departments and the public to use… and it's going to cost almost $400,000.

"We had to do some work with the carpet. Then the heating and air had to be repaired. It hadn't been used in a while. We've got a roof issue that we've got to replace," says Mark Culver Houston County Commission Chairman.

It sounds like a lot for just a temporary move but Culver says it's necessary.

"They're pretty extensive renovations but it's a large building that will serve our purposes well. We want to be sure everything is accessible to the public. We want to make sure everything is safe, including the parking lot area," he said.

Commissioners were out today looking at the parking lot to decide whether or not they want to repave the entire lot.

"It looks like we're going to be doing some resurfacing there. Once we get that done along with the renovations inside we'll have a good building for the public to use" Culver said.

He says it's more than just a move for the county; it's turned into an opportunity for other businesses to use the building in the future.

"We looked at several buildings and some of them would've been easier to get into but because we had the potential of this building being donated and then marketed, if you will, as a building downtown that will bring employees downtown to help our downtown development then it became a community project instead of just a relocation for the county."

Once the building is ready, every department that's currently in the admin building will move to the temporary building. Allowing for about four months and over 5 million dollars worth of renovations--the first updates to the admin building in over 15 years. The departments will be making the move this month and should be ready for the public in January.

Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist for WDHN News. You can follow her on Twitter @CarolynWDHN or email her at Carolyn@WDHN.com
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