This week, several departments within Benton County have started the process of relocating to southwest Corvallis, a move that has been in the works in an effort to centralize and make their offices more convenient to the public.
The county’s departments of information technology, community development, financial services, human resources, and environmental health will soon call the Kalapuya Building, located at 4500 SW Research Way, home. The move of these five departments is expected to continue until October, and contact information, i.e., phone numbers, mailing and email addresses, will stay the same during the relocation.
Many Departments, Single Location for Convenience
The transfer of offices tackles the issues of integrating and concentrating, as well as addressing the need for more space, in an area that is both well-located and more accessible for its customer services. In January 2020, the Benton County Board of Commissioners agreed to purchase the facility, now named the Kalapuya Building.
The departments’ relocation to the Kalapuya Building, which is close to the county’s other facility, the Sunset Building, provides improved operational and financial efficiencies, as well as better parking for the public.
At the beginning of this year, the county’s Assessor’s Office, Records and Elections department, and the Board of Commissioners’ office were the first to make the move to the Kalapuya Building after renovations were completed.
Five Departments on the Move
The Information Technology department temporarily shuttered its in-person services this past week and will also be closed for in-person services on Monday. It will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the Kalapuya Building’s main lobby on the first floor.
The county’s Community Development department will close its office for in-person services starting at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2. It will reopen at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the second floor. During the temporary closure, scheduled building inspections on active permits as well as permit processing will continue.
In-person assistance for the Financial Services department will be suspended Sept. 21-23, reopening in the Kalapuya Building on Monday, Sept. 26 in the main lobby on the first floor.
The county’s Human Resources and Environmental Health departments will not have in-person services from Oct. 5-7, reopening on Monday, Oct. 10, both on the second floor.
Customers should anticipate delayed responses to their inquiries as staff making the move will have limited access to their phones, voicemails and emails.
By Patty Reyes