Botetourt County announced plans on Tuesday to move many of its administrative offices to the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.
A 2018 assessment of the Courthouse found the building has reached the end of its lifespan: all of the building’s mechanical systems need to be replaced, handicapped accessibility is limited and security features are inadequate, and moisture is a problem due to water leaking through the foundation and from roofs and the inability of mechanical systems to properly condition air and control humidity.
The Greenfield Education and Training Center will be available at the conclusion of a 20-year lease to the Virginia Community College System at the end of May 2020. The 40,000 square-foot facility was designed for use as a regional higher education and workforce training center operated and managed by Virginia Western Community College. The College has largely vacated the building except for workforce training programs held primarily in the building’s heavy equipment lab space. As a result of talks between College and County officials, the parties have agreed to negotiate a new lease after May 2020 under which Virginia Western will continue to occupy and use part of the Center for regional workforce training programming while the County will occupy and use most of the Center to house its administrative offices and operations.
“Based on current plans, about 50 employees will relocate from the Town of Fincastle to Greenfield in phases starting as early as May,” said County Administrator Gary Larrowe. He added that about 180 employees will remain in the Town and that the Town will remain the County Seat.
“Facility concerns create the urgency to relocate some county offices,” said Fincastle District Supervisor Dr. Richard Bailey. “This is an opportunity to renew our work spaces, consolidate County offices, and improve public access while minimizing cost. Fincastle will continue to be the County seat with the majority of employees remaining there in the future.”
Among offices that will remain in the town are the courts, Sheriff’s offices, Commonwealth Attorney, voter registration, Clerk of the Court, and Fire-EMS. Relocating offices to Greenfield Center avoids the need to purchase or construct office space.
The County Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, County Administration, Community Development, and other administrative offices will be consolidated in Greenfield. The Greenfield Center offers visitors convenient parking and provides more accessibility both for vehicles and handicapped residents.