The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office could have a central facility if the deal for a property under contract is closed.
County commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve an agreement to buy a building at 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Road for nearly $1.8 million.
The existing office structure, which was once a medical center, is on the west corner where the road meets Market Place Boulevard.
Sheriff Ted Paxton said commissioners had discussed buying the building to consolidate the many locations from which the agency operates.
“They had been looking for a solution to get us all under one roof and stop having to pay rent,” Paxton said.
Also, the buildings across from the current courthouse will be razed to build a new courthouse, he said, so those offices need to be relocated.
The 10-acre site on Bald Ridge Marina Road could encompass all parts of the agency except for jail operations, he said.
“It would give us what we would refer to as a ‘headquarters’ building,” Paxton said. “I think it’s an excellent location. It has good access to [Ga.] 400. It has easy access from north and south ends of the county. It’s pretty well centrally located.”
County Attorney Ken Jarrard presented commissioners with the agreement, which gives the county a 60-day due diligence period during which it can back out without penalty.
The $1.79 million, which would come from the county’s reserves, is due at closing.
The county must also contribute $20,000 in earnest money, which Jarrard said would be refunded if the commission decides not to buy the property.
Commissioners discussed plans to make the appraisals for the property public on the county’s Web site once the contract is signed.