Sussex West Complex due for renovations

Second floor to be converted to training, meeting rooms
Sussex County has two administrative offices in Georgetown. The main office is located on The Circle and this annex, known as the West Complex, is located off Route 113. BY RON MACARTHUR
December 5, 2012

Sussex County's West Complex office building is set to go through another change.

Located just off Route 113 behind M&T Bank in Georgetown, the complex houses the Sheriff's Office and offices for the county's library, housing and community development, public works, information technology and mapping and addressing departments as well as EMS administration.

County Administrator Todd Lawson said the first floor needs to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and in addition, 3,000 square feet of unused space on the second floor will be converted into a training room and meeting room for county staff and officials as well as the public.

Lawson said the actual cost of the renovations and upgrades is not known, but the county has budgeted more than $100,000 for the project, which would include electrical and HVAC upgrades.

Brad Hawkes, county director of utility engineering, told Sussex County Council at its Nov. 13 meeting that the main entrance to the building will be improved with a better flow once people enter the building. The main hallway will be enlarged to provide better access to the elevator.

The project will be put out to bid in late November with a deadline of Friday, Dec. 14, with construction set to begin in January 2013 and completion by the end of April.