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Ahead of courthouse makeover, a massive move

Before any renovations get underway on the historic Halifax Courthouse, a rash of renovations, remodeling and remakes are scheduled to take place so offices can be shuffled around to make room for the courthouse and sheriff’s office moves.

Halifax County Supervisors took the first financial steps to making these changes happen last month, and the costly chain of events that must transpire before courthouse renovations get underway has begun in Halifax.

According to Halifax County Administrator Jim Halasz, the Halifax County Administration Office will relocate to the lower level of the Mary Bethune Office Complex as of Monday, March 10.  

The street address for the county administration office is 1030 Cowford Road, Suite LL1, Halifax, VA 24558.  

Entrances are near the treasurer/commissioner of revenue departments and near the recreation concession stand.  Signage will be in place to direct visitors, Halasz said.

Departments included in this move are as follows:

Building Permit Issuance and Building Inspections (Otis Vaughan, Detrick Easley, Bill Burton)

 Finance Department including Accounts Payable (Stephanie Jackson)

 Planning and Zoning Department (Robert Love)

 GIS/IT Department (David Day)

 Building and Grounds Department (Otis Vaughan and Scott Allen)

 Emergency Services Coordinator (Kirby Saunders)

 County Administrator  (James Halasz)

For additional information, call 434-476-3300 X3303.

At last month’s meeting, the board of supervisors approved an agreement with B & B Consultants to provide architectural services, final design and bidding specifications for the renovation of the county administrative offices to be used by the sheriff’s department.

B & B Consultants will provide these services for $61,800.

Halasz explained the design package for this project includes renovations to the existing county administrative office building to be converted into the sheriff office administrative building, the demolition of the existing county maintenance building located at the rear of the administrative office building, construction of a new 4,000 square foot sheriff’s office operations building in its place and site plan and parking improvements associated with the project.

B & B proposed a schedule for moving forward with bidding, contracting and construction which includes the county authorizing to proceed with construction advertisement at its meeting tonight, advertise for construction for 30 days beginning March 5, open bids on April 4, approve the award on April 7, contracting process to take 15 days beginning April 22, construction begins May 7 or 15 days after the bid award, and construction will be complete by Nov. 14. 

This schedule would allow the relocation of the sheriff’s office in 2014 and ensures the project does not complete in the winter which could present challenges with low temperatures and inclement weather while asphalt paving operations are underway, B & B President Jimmy Epps explained.