A state-approved project underway to renovate the Fayette County Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 105 E. East St. in Washington C.H. will create new handicap-accessible public restrooms.
The Fayette County Commissioners said the building improvement project was approved by the State of Ohio BMV and is estimated to cost more than $500,000 in the first phase of development.
Commissioner Dan Dean said the goal in the first phase of the project is to make the Fayette County License Bureau and Fayette County BMV more “user-friendly” with a larger waiting area and new bathrooms that will be handicap-accessible.
To create the new space, Dean said three offices located in the East East Street building had to be moved for the construction to commence. Dean said the offices of the Fayette County Travel and Tourism Bureau, Fayette County Economic Development, and United Way of Fayette County have been temporarily moved from East East Street and relocated to the lower level of the county building at 133 S. Main St.
Dean said the second phase of the project will renovate the other half of the building space where the Fayette County License Bureau and Fayette County BMV are currently located. That space in the front of the building near the windows will include a public meeting room.
“The first phase should be completed this summer and then we will start the next phase immediately, so the plan is to have the new space completed at the end of this year,” said Dean.
Dean said the HVAC will be updated and new windows will be installed as a part of the project.
“We’re making the building more user-friendly and energy-efficient,” said Dean, adding that the project was initiated by former Fayette County Clerk of Courts Evelyn Pentzer (now retired).
“We’ve been trying to upgrade that building and making the bathrooms handicap-accessible is a big improvement,” said Dean.
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