While the Piedmont Tech portion of the new building is almost complete, the Newberry County side of the complex is getting new occupants.
The former strip mall on Wilson Road will soon house the new technical college in the old Wal-Mart section, but the remainder of the facility is owned by Newberry County.
Yesterday, Clemson Extension workers were moving into their new facility in the complex.
After the November election, the voter registration offices will also be in the new facility. The work is currently being done to get the voter registration space ready.
The veteran’s affairs office will follow the first of the year, according to Newberry County Administrator Wayne Adams.
Also, the county owns the parking lot which will also get a face lift.
“We have selected an engineering firm and started the survey and drawings for the parking lot renovation,” said Adams. “The project will be out for bid late next month. Ervin [West who has been hired to over see county building projects] says this will work nicely with the advanced schedule of the PTC project.”
While the county owns much more undeveloped space in the complex, no talks have occurred about how to fill the space and there have been no definite decisions about filling the space.
But, Adams says that the county has an ongoing and pressing need to move the magistrate court functions and to change the way the court security is handled through state mandates.
This could lead to some court functions being moved into the courthouse annex to share security with the main courthouse. The change may result in the county administrative offices being moved to the Wilson Road location.
Also, the county economic development office will be moved to inside of Piedmont Technical College.