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Florence considers move out of City-County Complex

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FLORENCE , SC  (WMBF) -  The Florence City Council voted unanimously Monday to leave its lease in the City-County Complex. One county council member says he supports this motion because of the potential benefits for the county.

"I think it will be a win-win for the county and the city," Alphonso Bradley said.

Both Bradley and Mayor Stephen Wukela support the proposal for the city to move out of the City-County Complex. They say it's all about space.

"We will gain a location that is about 70,000 square feet compared to the 40,000 that we have in the City-County Complex right now," Wukela said.

The city is considering moving to another building a couple of blocks away to 321 W. Evans St. There are 11 floors in the City-County Complex; the city takes up four.

"We have had issues where it is really crowded. Especially when general sessions are in, the elevators are crowded," Bradley said.

Wukela says the move will help establish each government's separate identity and also alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

"We will leave the parking that we currently occupy around the City-County Complex which will improve the parking situation over there significantly," Wukela said.

If the city leaves Bradley says there are several ways to make-up the money it's footing to take over the city's lease on the building. Option one is leasing some office spaces out to interested businesses.

"It allows us more options for future building plans because we are considering a new judicial center," Bradley said.

He says the county council is considering using the additional space to expand the county's court system.

It's now on the 11th floor but could be expanded with-in the complex, instead of building a new, separate judicial center. 

The first reading of the measure to let the city out of the lease will be held at Thursday's county council meeting. It will take two more readings after that to pass the proposal, Bradley says.

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