Daviess County ready to break ground on new annex facility

The empty plot across the street will soon become a new county annex building. It will house county offices like the auditor, treasure, health department as well as the extension office.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 5:54 PM
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 6:27 PM

WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI)- Right across the street from the Daviess County Courthouse on 3rd and Hefron Streets sits the Purdue University Extension Service.

County Employees like Jane Ann Beard have operated out of the house turned office for roughly 20 years but now they need more space.

"We've learned to work together in close proximity but as we add more and more staff members or volunteers space is a little tight," said Beard.

The empty plot across the street will soon become a new county annex building. It will house county offices like Auditor, Treasurer, Health Department as well as the Extension Office.

Overall the project will cost $7.9 million to complete. This annex is a project county commissioner Michael Taylor has been working on since 2008.

"A lot of these offices will be right across the hall from each other and make things so much simpler, especially for the public coming in. Because now everything is centrally located and you’re not trying to find locations to get business done," said Taylor.

This 30,000 square feet facility has been in talks for many years. People involved are just happy to see it finally take shape.

"It’s been a long road to get here where we are at today but it’s been a team effort from the county commissioners to the County Council to all the elected officials. It’s just been a huge team project to get this done," said Taylor.

As for the Extension Office, they are excited to move into their new facility once the project is completed.

"To be able to have a meeting room and a teaching kitchen and the additional resources we are all just very excited not just for us but for the county,” said Beard.

The groundbreaking for the annex takes place March 12. It is projected to be completed this time next year.

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