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After mold issues at courthouse, Spartanburg Co. looks at the future

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Mold in the Spartanburg County Courthouse (Source: Hope Blackley) Mold in the Spartanburg County Courthouse (Source: Hope Blackley)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Members of the Spartanburg County council approved a motion to start discussions on relocating courthouse operations, in light of a continuing mold problem that has plagued the county's Judicial Center.

The center, located on Magnolia Street, is currently 60 years old.  Officials said that issues with rain getting into cracks and crevices has led to mold showing up throughout the building.  Officials add that despite cleanup efforts, the mold returns.

Problems with the mold have become so bad over the years that employees have had to wear masks over their mouths and noses, and some have refused to work in the building until the issues are addressed altogether.

"It's just been a cat and mouse game," said Clerk of Court Hope Blackley.  "It's very frustrating."

The approval from county council essentially means that options can be discussed and considered on the timetable, location, and the process of getting everything cleared from the building.  Those options are set to be formally discussed during the February county council meeting.

A one-cent sales tax was approved last year, allowing the county to fund a new courthouse.  Council members said it would likely be built on the same property as the current courthouse.

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