A plan stretching back at least 10 years will reach completion when the Steuben County Annex officially opens Thursday.
Originally considered as a way to allow the public convenient access to related county services, over time the plan developed to respond to state mandates that have expanded court-related functions and federal requirements for elections.
The plan also called for a record storage facility on Mount Washington Street.
The annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage area for current files on the first floor.
A demonstration kitchen and a conference center will be located on the second floor operated by the local Cornell Cooperative Extension. The center can be divided as needed for small meetings or left open to accommodate large group classes and training.
The project marks the first time in 10 years the county has undertaken a major construction project.
Steuben’s last capital project was the construction of the former county Health Care Facility, located on Mount Washington, which opened in June 2008.