Several Harnett County government departments including the Harnett County Manager’s Office will have a new home next week, closer to the majority of other County services.
The departments currently located in the County Administration Building at 102 E. Front St., Lillington, will move to 420 McKinney Parkway, Lillington, behind the Harnett County Government Complex at the corner of McKinney Parkway and Alexander Drive. Those departments include the County Manager’s Office, Finance Office, Human Resources, Legal Services, and Parks & Recreation.
The Harnett County office of the N.C. Forest Service, has moved from 103 E. Ivey St. to the Agriculture Building at 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington.
Harnett County Development Services will remain at its current location of 108 E. Front St., and Harnett County Engineering and Solid Waste will remain at 102 E. Front St.
The affected departments will begin moving Monday, January 8, and will be in place in their new location by Thursday, January 11. During the transition, there may be limited service disruption, as some departments will be closed during the move, however citizens should contact each department’s main phone number with any questions. Those numbers are as follows:
The move comes as the result of an agreement between Harnett County and the Town of Lillington in which the County received the property at 420 McKinney Parkway, along with two acres of land behind the County Garage on East McNeill Street, and a three-acre tract near the corner of McKinney Parkway and Cornelius Harnett Blvd. In return, the Town of Lillington received the County Administration Building at 102 E. Front St., along with all county-owned property on the block.
The property transfer is part of a larger plan to consolidate nearly all County services around the Harnett County Government Complex. Construction will begin this year on a new building in the Government Complex that will house Harnett County Veterans Services and the Department of Social Services (DSS), along with several other departments. Once the new building is completed, the current DSS will be renovated to become the new County Administration Building, and several other County departments including Development Services will be relocated around the Government Complex.
“When the Harnett County Government Complex was constructed more than two decades ago, the plan was always to consolidate County functions around the complex,” said Interim County Manager Paula Stewart. “We are now in the process of completing that plan. We appreciate the vision of our county commissioners and leaders, past and present, to provide citizens with a convenient one-stop shop for doing business with the County.”
The next Harnett County Board of Commissioners work session, scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 at 9 a.m., will still be held at 102 E. Front St., however future commissioners meetings will be held at 420 McKinney Parkway. Meetings of the Harnett County Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Development Review Board will continue to be held at 102 E. Front St. following the move.
A public open house will be held at the new County Administration Building on Monday, February 5, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m.