NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As of Thursday morning those who live in North Charleston are now able to discuss sidewalk, road and other public works problems in a brand new facility.
The new North Charleston Public Works complex is located off I-26 and Remount Road on Casper Padgett Way.
According to Mayor Keith Summey it's a more centrally located spot for those in the city.
The $42 million multi-building space will house public works services engineering, street and sidewalk maintenance, stormwater maintenance and utility, solid waste disposal, traffic signs and signals, landscaping, city facilities maintenance and repair, fleet maintenance, and construction contract administration.
Jim Hutto, the director of the department, says the facility is category 3 hurricane resistant, and can withstand earthquakes.
The complex has come a long way since construction and from the old building that was built 40 years ago out near Spruill Avenue.
Mayor Summey says it's important for the city to have a building like this for its residents.
"We enhanced the quality of service, we enhanced the quality of life for all the people in North Charleston," Summey said. "We are such a diversified group. There's nine different departments within public works."
Summey added the city spent more money on this facility compared to City Hall because of the need for these kinds of services in the city.
"Adequate work space, better equipment, and a centralized location are just a few of the reasons that the new Public Works complex is improving our department, and in turn, we are able to provide better services to the citizens and businesses of North Charleston," Hutto said in a statement.
Employees will now work full-time at this complex off Remount Road.
A spokesperson for the city says there are no plan at this time for the old public works building.