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An Indianapolis engineering and architectural firm will present its findings from a study of the aging Bartholomew County annex building on State Street to the County Commissioners today.

Commissioners awarded a $14,000 contract to DLZ Indiana Inc. in October to study the building.

At the time of the agreement, Charlie Day, marketing and sales coordinator with DLZ Indiana, said the study would include a comprehensive review of the structure and the site to determine the life cycle of the building and the rehabilitation costs for the structure compared to a new building.

County Council and County Commissioners have disagreed on the issue, with commissioners ready to begin spending money toward replacing the building and council stripping that funding from next year’s budget.

Council agreed only to pay for a study of the property to see whether or not it could be salvaged.

The 85-year-old annex building, originally part of the East Columbus School at 1971 State St., is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and suffers from structural problems.

The annex houses the Purdue Extension office, the Bartholomew County Health Department’s nursing program and the WIC program.

In October, the commissioners put a hold on a contract with the Indiana Department of Health and the Bartholomew County Health Department over a clause that the county must move WIC out of the annex building by March 30.

Barb Hackman, county auditor, said members of the County Council are also planning to attend today’s commissioners meeting to hear the results of DLZ’s study.

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