York County is one step closer to having more office space.
The council decided recently to make an offer on the former Winn-Dixie building and adjacent strip mall on S.C. 901. The building would house the Department of Social Services and be used for future county office space needs in Rock Hill.
DSS is now in the Heckle Boulevard complex, and Council Chairman Buddy Motz said moving it to the Winn-Dixie building will free more space in that complex for other expansion needs.
"We feel like that location will be an excellent place for DSS and future county offices," Motz said. "If the bid's accepted, we'll move forward with purchasing it."
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DSS added more than 20 York County positions last fall and was supposed to add more this year in the wake of a state audit that found problems with the agency's response times and policy violations.
The county hasn't provided new office space for a number of years, so Assistant County Manager David Larson said earlier there's pent-up demand. The county needed 44,000 square feet of office space in 2002.
As a solution to the county's lack of office problem, the county staff in June proposed buying the Winn-Dixie. The building has been vacant since the grocery store closed its South Carolina stores a few years ago.
In a closed meeting last week, the council agreed to make an offer in the Winn-Dixie building.
The building, small stores next to it and parking lot would cost about $1.5 million, and renovations into offices would add an additional $2 million.
If the offer is accepted, it could take more than six months to transform the grocery store into offices, Motz said.
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