York County considering creation of new facility to house coroner, others

David Weissman
York Dispatch
In this file photo, York County commissioners, from left, Chris Reilly, Susan Byrnes and Doug Hoke hold their weekly meeting at William Penn Senior High School in York City, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York County officials are exploring options — including the possibility of a whole new facility — to find tenants of the York County Annex a new home.

The annex on Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township currently holds the York County Conservation District, the York County Coroner's Office and a magisterial district court office.

Scott Cassel, the county's director of facilities management, said the county has considered renovating the annex, but officials were surprised to find that the projected costs of needed upgrades would be about $10 million.

Since those tenants are outgrowing the facility, the county has decided to look into building a new structure, Cassel said.

County commissioners approved an agreement Feb. 7 with York City-based architectural firm Warehaus to generate drawings of a new facility at a cost of up to $33,500.

Commissioner Doug Hoke said the deal with Warehaus is primarily to determine costs and a plan to submit to the state in hopes of receiving funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

County administrator Mark Derr said the county already has about $1.5 million in RACP funding approved years ago for a new facility for the conservation district.

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The new facility would be built on county-owned property surrounding Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The county had previously explored moving the coroner's office into the county-owned Strickler farmhouse, but those plans were abandoned after officials deemed the project would be too expensive.

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Hoke added that there also is a possibility the annex, which is connected to the nursing home, could be sold as part of a sale of the nursing home.

The commissioners voted at the end of January to enter into an agreement with Susquehanna Group Advisors to allow the Harrisburg-based consultant "to explore the possibility of finding a reputable, quality skilled-care operator to acquire" the nursing home.

Commissioners will hold public, town hall-style meetings regarding the decision at 6:30 p.m. March 7 and March 27 at Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road in Springettsbury Township.

— Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the future town hall meetings would be at the county 911 center. The location for those meetings has been moved to Central York High School.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.