City starts planning move to former 1st Federal building | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 29, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 28, 2016 at 11:12 am
Walterboro City Council met with Walterboro architect Scott Cook on Sept. 20 to discuss plans for the move of six city departments to the former First Federal building.
A lot of city employees, as well as citizens, will be happy once the move is complete, as many of the departments are moving from 1,000 square feet at the building next to city hall to 5,000 square feet at the new location.
Workers in the finance department, planning and codes, municipal court staff, water and sewer billing, business licensing and human resources will all have a new home in the two-story building at 300 Hampton Street.
Plus, all the items in storage in a couple of rooms in City Hall and the building next door will have a new home, said City Manager Jeff Molinari.
The building will require cosmetic changes, such as new carpet, tile, countertops and removing wallpaper, Molinari said, as well as adding a few walls here and there and installing a handicapped-accessible bathroom.
“We still have to work with the architect to nail down specifics for the bid package, and we’re hoping to get the project bid out and under contract by the end of the year,” he said.
The actual move, anticipated next spring, is going to “require coordination. Once the contract is awarded, we’re probably looking at a construction time-frame of 90-100 days,” Molinari said. “Then we just have to coordinate getting the offices moved over to the new building.
“The real benefit for us will be to have all of these functions under one roof, which will make it much easier for citizens to do business with the city,” he said.
The use of the building at 248 Hampton St. next to City Hall is still to be determined, he said.