County nursing division to move into new building

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Health Department’s nursing division is moving into a neighboring building that provides almost triple the space it currently occupies.

Located at 2625 Foxpointe Drive, the new building will provide the nursing division with 5,100 square feet of space – nearly three times more space than the estimated 1,800 square foot they now have at 2675 Foxpointe Drive, Bartholomew County commissioners Chairman Larry Kleinhenz said.

Part of the reason for the limited space is that the nursing division shares its current building with both Estes Neuropsychology and Select Physical Therapy, county officials said. The commissioners expressed satisfaction that, once the move is complete, they will no longer be in the landlord business.

“The (nursing division employees) are literally on top of each other,” Kleinhenz said in an earlier interview. “We got a notice from the State Fire Marshal’s office that we have a few issues that need to be cleaned up. For example, the health department has filing cabinets in the hallways.”

On Monday, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve a purchase agreement to acquire the new building for $725,000 from Agnew Investments, Commissioner Carl Lienhoop said. Three different appraisals were made before both sides agreed to the purchase price, Lienhoop said.

The acquisition is subject to the approval of the Bartholomew County Council, which will discuss the matter during a 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, county attorney Grant Tucker said.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.