Commissioners look to shed excess building space

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
Frederick County officials have laid out a strategy to get rid of extra building space and free up more room in the budget. Relocating county staff members and programs will allow officials to sell several properties, cancel a $2.5 million maintenance project and end two leases, officials said. A task force has been working since last year to sketch out the five-year building consolidation plan approved Thursday by county commissioners. "I'm very happy to see it," Commissioner Paul Smith said of the plan. "It will help us be more efficient and reduce the taxpayer burden a little bit." With the plan, the county would put on the market a building at 520 N. Market St., now the headquarters of the citizens services division. The division would eventually move to 340 Montevue Lane, according to the plan.