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If, at any time, the county decides not to extend the deal – or if Guilford County
sells the building – the county must find similar suitable office space for Sandhills under the same terms of that agreement.
Parking in downtown Greensboro is becoming a more and more valuable commodity every day, and this contract states, "åThe number of spaces available shall be up to 65, the same number of spaces available to Guilford Center staff as of June 1, 2012."
The contract calls for identical office space deals for the other county buildings that the Guilford Center now occupies: Sandhills will lease the first floor of 211 S. Centennial St. in High Point for $1 a year and the same goes for the Guilford County
Substance Abuse Treatment Center at 5209 W. Wendover Ave.
As part of the merger, Guilford County
will also make a one-time payment of $3.5 million to Sandhills in a series of monthly installments. That amount in large part represents Guilford County
's contribution to the contingency fund of Sandhills' budget.
On Jan. 1, Guilford County
will join Anson, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties as members of the Sandhills Center mental health administration collective.
Pierce said the Guilford Center has had a long storied history of service, and she said it's a shame the department will cease to exist at the end of the year.
"On Dec. 31, we will turn out the lights," she said. "Then, everyone will take New Year's Day off and, when the lights come back on, it will be Sandhills."