Economic development office to move

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Wilson Economic Development is slated to move to a new office in the heart of downtown late this year or in early 2019.

Members of the economic development council recently approved a plan to move from 405 Nash St. W. to 219 Barnes St. According to the lease with Sargent Properties, the landlord will spend as much as $300,000 to upfit the first floor for the agency in exchange for a $3,600 monthly rent and 50 percent of the property taxes.

“You’ll notice we widened the boardroom and added sliding doors between the small conference room and the boardroom and between the boardroom and the hallway, so we can open all that space up if we have an event,” said Economic Development Executive Director Jennifer Lantz.

The 3,650-square-foot floor plan also includes five offices, an area for clients to work and space to display products made in Wilson.

Staff has started to pack up the office on Nash Street, purging what is unnecessary, and putting the packed items into a storage unit to ensure the space remains welcoming for clients.

“Anytime you’ve been in a space for 10 years, you collect things you might not need,” Lantz told the council.

The plan is for Wilson Economic Development to move into the new space by Jan. 1.