County building gets new name, for now

March 29, 2011

It’s been called the former Intel building, the Garden of the Gods facility, the Corporate Ridge Administration Building and GG1.

As of Tuesday, El Paso County’s newest building will be known as the El Paso County Citizens Service Center.

But the name game might not be over, after one commissioner protested the decision.
The name was chosen after county staff consulted with volunteer groups, said county spokesman Dave Rose, who proposed the new name for commission consideration on Tuesday.

The name reflects the building’s purpose as a one-stop location where residents can access multiple services, such as signing up for food stamps or welfare benefits, obtaining job-search assistance, getting a marriage license or titling a vehicle, Rose said.

The four commissioners who heard the presentation gave their approval.

Commissioner Darryl Glenn missed the vote because he was at jury duty. When he arrived near the end of the meeting, Glenn said he would have opposed the motion.
Glenn said he wants more public input and consideration of a historical connection in naming the building.

“This will be a landmark, and it’s an opportunity to embrace some of our cultural heritage,” Glenn said. “I prefer naming parks, buildings and other institutions be more of a community process.”

Commissioner Dennis Hisey said that idea may not be off the table.

“I’m not sure that door is closed. I’d be willing to entertain further suggestions,” Hisey said.

Two county buildings named after prominent community individuals, the Robert Russell Professional Building,105 E. Vermijo Ave.; and the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex, 270 S. Tejon St.; both had different names for years before being renamed, Hisey said.

But since the commission already had passed the resolution approving El Paso County Citizens Service Center as the new name, it stands for now, said Commission Chairwoman Amy Lathen, adding that the emergency service 911 was pressing the county for a formal name for the building.

The county bought the building at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road last year to consolidate several agencies, including the Department of Human Services, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, El Paso County Public Health and the offices of the county assessor, clerk and recorder and treasurer.

DHS’ 400 employees just finished moving into the new center; the other agencies will relocate there throughout the year. When remodeling is completed, about 1,000 employees will work in the building, which semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corp. previously owned.

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