BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Department of Human Services is preparing to relocate to a much larger area to benefit the clients that are serviced through the programs they offer. Carolyn Strickland, Administrator at the local DHS office that is currently located in the Polk County Office Complex, also known as the ‘old hospital,’ at 606 Pine Street, explained that they have simply outgrown the location and need more space, both inside and outside.
Parking has always been an issue at the Polk County Office Complex. Over the years, it has served as a hospital as well as housing many other businesses and services.
The new DHS office is set to be located on Industrial Park Road on the north edge of town. Danny Powell, who owns the land specified, will build an 8,000 sq. ft. facility which will be leased to the government agency. He said the architect is developing the building design now and plans to start construction in about 60 days. Weather dependent, Powell hopes the facility will be completed by the end of the year.
Brandy Hinkle, Deputy Chief of Communications, Arkansas Department of Human Services, said the Division of Building Authority through the Department of Finance and Administration is currently working with the site owner to complete a lease agreement with DHS.