Dedicated on March 18, 2003, Clark County's new Public Service Center stands proudly at 1300 Franklin Street, an impressive new landmark in downtown Vancouver that provides office space for more than 500 county employees. But was building it a good thing to do?
Absolutely. Until the center's completion, the county was paying large sums of money to rent space in various buildings scattered throughout downtown Vancouver. The new building is expected to save the county $46 million in rent over the next 25 years. This savings more than covers the $22.4 million price tag. It will also help finance further remodeling and campus development.
Besides providing more space for the courts, other advantages of the Public Service Center include lower maintenance and operating costs and placing many county departments (and some from the city of Vancouver and Regional Transportation Council) under the same roof. A "green" building, it was constructed from environmentally safe materials.
What does all this mean for the average citizen?
- Customer service has been greatly enhanced. For example, there is a single counter for licensing, recording, tax, and assessment services.
- There should be less confusion about the location of various county services.
- Larger, more accessible rooms are available for public meetings with elected officials and county staff.
- Co-locating with some Vancouver departments has provided better service and greater efficiencies.
In other words, doing business with Clark County became a whole lot easier.