York County Council awaits traffic study to decide on administration site

The York County Council will wait at least two more weeks before deciding the future location of its administration building.

The council voted Monday to defer the decision of whether to build a new headquarters downtown near the county’s current offices on South Congress Street, or to move to a site on the eastern limits of York at Arrow Road and Alexander Love Highway. Instead, the council will await traffic figures compiled by the engineering department for the proposed sites, which should be presented at council’s March 16 meeting.

Council Chairman Britt Blackwell said he was reluctant to postpone the vote, despite a request for the data from Councilwoman Christi Cox.

Blackwell said he had not thought it would be possible to get the traffic figures so soon, “but management said our engineers can have that to us at our next meeting.”

County Manager Bill Shanahan, after the conclusion of a facilities study committee, had recommended moving most county offices to a new “Government Center West,” which studies suggest would be cheaper than building a structure in downtown York.

City leaders in York, however, fear losing the county offices would hurt the downtown business district.

The council also voted 4-3 to defer accepting a $1.3 million bid from Rogers Grading of Rock Hill for work to reroute Arrow Road.

Councilmen William “Bump” Roddey, Chad Williams and Robert Winkler voted against deferral, saying work on the road is a separate issue from the location of the administration building.