A building purchased by Union County commissioners more than a year ago is expected to open the first week of December.

A building purchased by Union County commissioners more than a year ago is expected to open the first week of December.

"We were hoping to be in the building the first of November," said commissioner Charles Hall, but a delay in fiber-optic installation pushed back the opening date of the Main Street building.

Without the fiber-optic installation, Hall said, telephones and the elevator wouldn't work. The elevator, according to Hall, has to have a telephone in it.

Dec. 1 is the new goal for moving offices into the building, Hall said.

The county spent an estimated $3-million on the 22,000-square-foot facility in Marysville.

The primary purpose of the building is to house the new archives center for records storage.

Since being hired by the county earlier this month, archivist Stephen Badenhop has been working to get county records in order for the move.

Records pertaining to marriage licenses and anything associated with genealogy will be housed in the building.

Along with genealogy, Hall said, the main floor will have space for incubator business offices.

Investigators from the sheriff's office and the county coroner's office are expected to take up residence on the second floor.

The investigators for the sheriff's office are currently located in the Justice Center, which is a new addition to the county courthouse.

"And it is very crowded," said Hall.

With the move to the Main Street building, Prosecutor David Phillips' office will be located on the third floor.

Hall said the new building also will have a conference room available for small meetings. Groups of 15 to 25 will be able to rent the conference room. Facilities director Randy Riffle will handle the scheduling of those meetings.

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