Rockingham County-Harrisonburg Social Services to Expand to Other Building

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Social services for Harrisonburg and Rockingham county will soon have another building, which will mean more space.

The board of supervisors has decided to move forward with a proposal from Nielson builders.

They decided to renovate and add another floor to the old Social Security Administation building right across the street from their current building on East Elizabeth Street.

They planned to look into that in march and now they can move forward with project plans.

They need more office space and more space for conference rooms.

The owner of the building is J and L Partnership and depending on future plans, the company may give the building over to the county after the expansion.

The social services district has about 2.5 million dollars set aside to fund this expansion.

County Deputy Administrator Stephen King says that this move is a necessary one.

"It is an absolute need. When you go through the facility and you see the crowding, people sharing and doubling up on offices and people having the need to have space for confidential discussions about people about information that not everyone needs to hear, the space is a big issue there," said King.

Space in their current building has been an issue, so they've had to lease other extra space.

If the agreement works out that the Social Services department is given the space, this could save money in the long run.

King expects that the project agreement will be negogiated in about two months.

There aren't any specifics about a construction schedule yet, because they have to figure out the plan first.


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