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DFCS to build on old hospital's site
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Liberty County Commissioners recently opened the bidding process to build a new Department of Human Resources Division of Family and Child Services building that, according to county administrator Joey Brown, will sit on about three acres on Oglethorpe Highway where the old Liberty Memorial Hospital was.
Liberty County provided the land for the approximately 22,000-square-foot facility and a development group will build it.
“It [the current DFCS building on North Main Street] has not been sufficient to serve the growing needs,” Brown said. “With the growth of the community, and especially during these recessionary times, people are requesting more services than ever.”
It’s a project that Brown said they’ve wanted for a long time.
“We’ve been trying to get funding for five or so years,” Brown said. “We’re happy to be moving forward.
They had to wait for the state to have funds because they pay rent fees for housing the state agency in the building, but previously were unable to
make the financial contributions.
“We want to thank legislative delegation, especially Sen. [Eric] Johnson and Sen. Tommie Williams. They really helped obtain the funding,” Brown said. “I’d also like to thank Gov. Purdue.”
Although the county is overseeing the process, the facility will not need any upfront capital cost from the county. 
Deadline for the proposal in Dec. 4 and Brown said the county hopes to have all negotiations and evaluations completed by Jan. 6.
With the current timeline, the county is projecting that the facility will be ready for occupancy around October 2010.

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