COUNCIL BLUFFS — A new building has been proposed to solve space problems at the Pottawattamie County Veterans Office.
The proposed 6,300-square-foot building would be located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street, now a parking lot north of the county’s juvenile detention facility. It would replace the current office, which has just 1,500 square feet inside the annex building on the nearby Pottawattamie County Courthouse grounds.
The office’s space problems aren’t new to the Pottawattamie County Board, which heard the proposal Tuesday.
“We’ve been talking about space issues for over 10 years,” said board member Loren Knauss.
This proposal, however, came from a recent space needs analysis on county veterans’ issues.
The current facility is simply too crowded and has a long list of deficiencies, the board was told.
Things are so bad that veterans are being told to seek services in other communities, including Sioux City, said Darlene McMartin, who heads the local veterans office.
The projected cost of the proposed building is $1.25 million, according to the needs analysis.