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Aiken Public Safety employees will soon begin move to new headquarters

January 20, 2019 GMT

With just a few last-minute touches remaining, the new Aiken Public Safety headquarters is nearly complete and it won’t be long before officers and employees start moving in.

A sign was posted in the current Public Safety headquarters on Laurens Street stats the Aiken Public Safety Records Division will be closed Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 for the move to the new J. Carrol Busbee Headquarters at 843 Beaufort St. N.E.

The agency will not accept payments on those days, with the last day to make payments at the old building being Friday, Feb. 15.

The records division will reopen to the public Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the new headquarters.

Residents can now drive by the new headquarters and see the sign on the front reading, “Aiken Public Safety: J. Carrol Busbee Headquarters.”

“We are on track to have the new building open and functioning by April 2019,” said Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco.

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the new headquarters is scheduled for April 19, 2019.

Barranco said furniture was moved to the site in December and continued this month. February will be when all employees start their shift to the new building.

The developer for the new facility is Southeastern Development and the general contractor is R.W. Allen. Work on the multi-million dollar project officially began April 16, 2018.

The building was once a Food Lion and it was decided to use the basic structure of the building instead of starting from scratch.

The new headquarters was named in honor of former Aiken Public Safety Chief J. Carrol Busbee, who died on Jan. 3.