by Pam Zubeck
El Paso County commissioners held their first meeting in the remodeled Centennial Hall today.
The remodel is part of the county's $50 million Strategic Moves initiative, which included buying the former Intel building at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road and moving many county offices there, including the treasurer, assessor, clerk and recorder, workforce center and human services.
Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., was built in 1976. It served as the clerk and recorder's office and "election central" for decades. In recent months, it's been overhauled into offices for administration, budget, legal, procurement, public communications and commissioners.
Each commissioner has a roomy office with workspace, conference table area and seating area with sofas, chairs and coffee tables.
The final steps in the space shift include remodeling the County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., for use by the Sheriff's Office. That work should be done by fall. Then the county will turn to remodeling the sheriff's training facility near the Criminal Justice Center on East Las Vegas Street for the coroner's office. The existing coroner's office will be used for a function yet to be determined by the sheriff, says Deputy County Administrator Monnie Gore.