FORSYTH COUNTY — A proposed new home for Forsyth’s voter registration and elections office is moving on to the next stage, after a geotechnical analysis cleared the county commission.
David Thornton, the county’s director of public facilities, confirmed in an email that the project is in “preliminary development of 10.5 acres of contiguous property which adjoins the county tax commissioner and Magistrate Court property located at 1090 Tribble Gap Road.”
During a recent presentation from the design firm Hendrick Inc. to the commission, it was indicated that the property would be built as either two 15,000-square-foot buildings or one 15,000- and two 7,500-foot buildings.
“Preliminarily, the county is considering options for up to three buildings on the property,” Thornton wrote in an email. “These could facilitate Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections and possibly the Department of Water and Sewer. Possible use of a potential third building on the property has not been determined.”
Elections officials have previously discussed the possibility of consolidating the department’s two existing locations — in the county’s administration building and a warehouse about four miles away — into a larger facility.
Before any construction begins, however, the county has approved a geotechnical exploration to test the soil at the site.
The commission “authorized the development of an engineered drawing for the purpose of performing a geotechnical exploration (also known as soil borings),” Thornton wrote. “This is required for assessing subsurface soil conditions for load bearing suitability and is generally the first step for determining any further next steps.
While no completion date has been set, there was talk during a recent commission work session of a 2015 opening.
Elections officials have said they would like to start the move toward year’s end or in early 2015 to be ready for the 2016 presidential election.