YUMA, Ariz. – 197 Main Street has housed a variety of establishments. Deputy County Engineer Craig Sellers showed reporter Holly Sweet photos from 1916 when it may have been used as a mercantile shop.
“It’s been used as a department store. It’s been used as a charter school, martial arts studio, for arts and crafts sells, restaurants,” Sellers said.
Soon the downtown Yuma facility will receive its newest purpose. Tuesday, The Yuma County Board of Supervisors approved plans to remodel it. Yuma County’s recorder, elections, and treasurer departments will all be moving in. Right now, elections is inside the county administrative building across the street. The recorder and treasurer are located in the adult probation center about 2 blocks away.
“We’re trying to make it to where people have better access to the services, where people can come in and feel welcome,” Sellers added.
Sellers said if enough money is left over from the 2.8 million dollar budget, the county assessor will relocate to the facility as well. First, much needed renovations must take place.
“It’s an old building,” Sellers explained. “It was built in the early 1900’s, and because of that, the quality of the air conditioning, mechanical equipment, electrical all needs to be replaced.”
The project’s 2.8 million dollar budget is coming from the Yuma County General Fund, which in part is made up of county tax dollars. Part of the construction entails revamping the exterior. Sellers says it will receive new stucco and paint to improve its curb appeal.
“We’re trying to match a similar look that’s currently there for the building on the outside.”
Sellers expects the move to be completed by spring of 2016.