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Greene County Plans to Vacate Building, Move Offices

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A Greene County-owned building at the corner of Central and Boonville is being vacated.  County officials say they’re moving the Public Administrator’s Office and a day treatment center for youths in the Juvenile Office, the Greene County Youth Academy, which are currently in the Hogan Building.

The Health Department, in 1995, deemed the building unsafe for employees and the public.  Since then the building has been brought up to code.  But maintenance costs are expected to rise, and as they looked at potentially dangerous roof repairs, Greene County Commissioners decided to vacate the building.

The commission and the Public Administrator’s Office will move to the 10th floor of the medical tower.  The county has entered into a six-year lease for the space at $100,178 annually, including maintenance, utilities and cleaning costs.  Commissioners expect the rent expense to be offset by saving on utilities, building maintenance, custodial services and insurance spent on the Hogan Building.

The Youth Academy will move to the commission’s current home in the Administration Building.

Once vacated, the Hogan Building will be demolished and used for parking while the Commission considers the space for a jail expansion.