[UPDATED] Future Uncertain for Federal Building in Thomasville

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

[LAST UPDATED 03/13 AT 08:10 PM]

The U.S. Post Office in downtown Thomasville says it plans to stay in the same area, despite the fact that the building it's in is for sale.

Though the federal building at 404 North Broad Street is for sale, the Post Office, which rents space in the building, says it won't be moving far -- if it moves at all.

Officials at the Post Office say a study is ongoing for other location options when the building is sold.

They say if the rent remains at its current price, they will relocate somewhere close by when their lease expires in September of 2012.

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The Thomas County Commission says they received a letter from the U.S. General Services Administration stating the building at 404 North Broad Street is 'available for disposal'.

The letter outlined different ways the building can be used if sold; options on the list include using it for homeless assistance, as a correctional facility, drug rehab center, or turning it into a historic monument.

The Commission says they aren't interested in purchasing the building, but other county agencies have the option to do so.

Currently, the U.S. Postal Service has its offices in the building, but Thomas County Manager Mike Stephenson says their offices are separate from the federal government, and they are considered 'tenants'.

The building is in need of extensive renovations.


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  • by LEE Location: t'ville on Mar 11, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    use it in two ways, homeless shelter on one floor ...strip club on the second floor to pay for it...but then again the hypocrits we have in this county wouldn't like that, cause they keep there booze under the cabinets.....lmao
  • by Cindy Location: Thomasville on Mar 10, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    A treatment center or homeless shelter in downtown Thomasville?! It will never happen. Look at how citizens reacted to the Mustard Seed House which was for VETERANS. The city of Thomasvile wants nothing to do with helping the homeless and no one downtown would approve a treatment center. Also? Who is going to spend the money to remove all the asbestos? A County Agency? A non-profit? Are you kidding me? Maybe the city can sell the half million dollar condo they just bought and put a 10% downpayment on asbestos removal. What are they all smoking?
  • by ga. boy Location: t'ville on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    buy it, so we can house those dogs and cats your going to waste 1.5 million over the next 5 yrs. we have our focus wrong people.....tax money should be spent better..what since does it make to get dogs in, spend money on them and then in 30 days put them to sleep. waste waste waste!!!!
  • by t'ville Location: t'ville on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    @ Benificiary- great idea but I have a hunch someone is going to purchase the building with a different goal in mind......
  • by Benificiary of a second chance Location: Gordon Avenue on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    We have an excellent opportunity here to use this facility for the purpose of making Thomasville an even better city. I would like for our City officials and County as well to look into this as a treatment center..." Drug Court" if you will. This will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars..and I can show you that it can pay for itself. The State of Florida Public Defender Nancy Daniels is a leader in this area and has kept many out of prison and off of welfare and medicaid rolls by having drug offenders sentenced to drug court. The revenue comes from fees charged to offenders. In return they do not go to prison ( saving dollars and space in our prisons. ) They have a high success rate and help our young people that have made a mistake.
  • by Willie Location: Boston GA on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    Turn it into a soul club!
  • by aly Location: tally on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    WCTV- Could you post a picture of the building with this story, so people would know which building you are referring to? The story might have more impact on the historic preservation community, if you would provide more info. Is this building eligible for listing or is it listed on the National Register of Historic Places? How old is it?
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