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Western Racine County Service Center

The Burlington Senior Center, located in back of the Western Racine County Service Center at 209 N. Main St., had to relocate sooner than expected due to a furnace going out over the New Year’s holiday, freezing and breaking water pipes in their facility. Center staff started moving into their new location, the former Knights of Columbus building at 587 E. State St., on Tuesday.

BURLINGTON — The county’s proposed deadline for razing the Western Racine County Service Center at 209 Main St. has come and gone, but the county offices and employees are still there. For now.

Racine County Chief of Staff M.T. Boyle announced the county signed a letter of intent with CBRE Group for a seven-year lease at 1072 Milwaukee Ave. in the Fox River Plaza. The county plans on relocating WRCSC offices and staff to the new location within the next 90 days.

The space includes 4,727 rentable square feet. The annual rent rate starts at $62,700 in the first year of the lease and rises to $70,610 in year seven for a total of $466,130.

The lease is still pending approval from the County Board of Supervisors. The LOI allows the landlord to initiate the necessary build-out of the space and the county to start planning for the move.

The next County Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m on July 24. No agenda had been published as of Tuesday.

Main Street building

As for the building on Main Street, Boyle said the county does not plan on demolishing it and instead will seek a buyer.

“We plan to put the building up for sale and see if it garners any market interest ‘as is’,” said Boyle via email.

In January 2017, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave called for the building to be demolished by the end of 2018, citing its age and asbestos-laden roof. The floods pushed that deadline back to this April 1.

The facility hosts Racine County child protective services, family court, other county services and the University of Wisconsin Extension office.

The Burlington Senior Center had to move out of the building in January after a frozen pipe flooded the group’s space during the 2018 New Year’s holiday. It moved into the former Knights of Columbus Hall at 587 E. State St. and reopened in early February.

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Christina Lieffring covers the Burlington area and the Village of Caledonia. Before moving to Racine, she lived in Nebraska, Beijing, Chicago and grew up in Kansas City.

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