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Vacated offices benefit other city departments

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - It's been nearly a year since the new City Services Center opened up on Macon Road. What's being down with the vacated space in the Government Center downtown? News Three's Naomi Keitt took that question to Deputy City Manager David Arrington who says the city has a 3 phase reallocation plan.

The Muscogee County tag office once stood in the Government Building downtown. That department moved to the New City Services center on Macon Road last June and the Juvenile Drug Court now calls the space home.

"It's much much better than where we were before. It gives us a place to meet with the children in that large area where the lines were before the tag office," said Judge Warner Kennon.

The court is benefiting from phase 1 of a 3 part reallocation plan. Deputy City Manager David Arrington says the first phase has allowed departments who stayed in the government center to make use of the left over space. The offices in phase one were not renovated and cost no additional money.

"Those offices are currently in the process of occupying some of the space that was made vacant with the move of departments after the Citizens Services Center," said Arrington.

Phase 2 of the plan is to make renovations for departments that need additional space. This phase requires funding from the city or other sources. It's something Arrington says they'll consider in the future. Phase 3 requires backfilling space. They'll take the offices vacated by the departments in phase 2 and allow other departments more space. Judge Warner Kennon says the extra space will allow the youth in the program more consistency especially during the summer months.

"We needed for all that programming and for all those services, we needed additional space badly," said Judge Kennon.

They moved into the facility about a month ago, and will furnish the space with surplus furniture and current supplies.

Naomi Keitt

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