DALEVILLE — Botetourt County announced Tuesday it would move its administrative offices from Fincastle to the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville.
County employees are currently scattered throughout 16 buildings in Fincastle, including the circuit courthouse. The courthouse has not been significantly renovated in close to 50 years when it was destroyed by a fire in 1970.
The courthouse has limited handicapped accessibility and the security features are inadequate, according to a news release from the county. Water leaks through the building’s foundation and roofs.
Locating in the Greenfield Education and Training Center would avoid the need to purchase or construct office space, County Administrator Gary Larrowe said in a statement. The center is owned by the county’s economic development authority, which leased much of the space to Virginia Western Community College. The college has vacated most of the building and its lease will conclude in May 2020, when the county will negotiate a new lease with the college to occupy just part of the building.
“This plan provides a great solution for the county’s office space needs at much less cost than other options,” Board Chairman Billy Martin said in a news release. “It also provides better access for our citizens and will allow various offices of the county and our employees to work better together resulting in improved services for the public.”
About 50 employees will relocate to the center as early as May.
About 180 employees will remain in Fincastle, including the courts, sheriff’s offices, commonwealth’s attorney, voter registration, clerk of the court and Fire-EMS. Fincastle will also remain the county seat.
The county treasurer, commissioner of the revenue, county administration, community development and other administrative offices will move to Greenfield.
The county’s working budget for next fiscal year has allocated $500,000 to courthouse renovations, which will be a multi-year project.