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City Services Center gets finishing touches as employees move in

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The new Columbus City Services Center is opening to the public Monday, and some departments are moving into the Macon Road facility early.

$32 million and two years later, the center is almost complete. Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin settled in before it opens to supervise the finishing touches and work out the kinks.

"They'll see that the services are so much more convenient, a lot more space to do the business that they have," Goodwin says about citizens coming to the new building, "and we're going to be here to serve them like we've always done, serving with pride and quality."

She says one of the biggest concerns at the Government Center over the years has been space. Now with a parking garage fit for 370 cars, some of those problems will be alleviated, just as long as you remember to park in an unnumbered spot.

"There was a lot of traffic at the Government Center," says Goodwin, "and there were a lot of issues with people getting parking tickets or just not finding a place to park because of limited parking."

Goodwin says adjusting to the new building will take some time, but she's glad to be out of the 40-year-old Government Center. "You're coming to something new, it's almost like Christmastime," she remarks. "Everybody's excited, all the newness. I think one thing that you'll see differently than what you have at the Government Center is security."

The Services Center's technologically advanced design means you won't have to go through metal detectors every time you walk in the building, just on the days City Council meets. It makes for an airy, free-flowing and easily navigational facility.

Now the big question is, what's going to happen to all those vacant offices at the Government Center?

Goodwin responds, "We're going to have another court or two, a new judge or two that's going to come on board and that's going to need courtroom space, and trust me, other departments are vying for the space. Everybody wants more, needs more, and it's going to take money for us to do all that."

Along with Goodwin and her team, the Citizen's Service Center, better known as 3-1-1, and CCGTV have settled in early.

Moving into the Service Center Monday will be the offices of:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Occupational Tax
  • Business Licenses
  • Revenue Collection
  • Elections and Registration
  • Tax Assessor

The Tax Commissioner's office opens June 25, and the first City Council meeting will be held there July 9.

The natatorium is also on its way to completion. Goodwin says it should be open in a few weeks. They're hiring and training staff now.

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