After a year and a half of construction, Lambton County’s Shared Services Building is ready for use.
The building at the Bayside Mall in downtown Sarnia houses a number of county services including social services, some public health programs and the provincial court. The county signed a 20 year lease with new owners of the mall and the renovations began in the summer of 2021. They were expected to be done by April, but shortages in the supply chain due to the pandemic put the work behind schedule.
Social services staff have been working from the building since March and by October public health staff had settled in. The provincial court is expected to be back in the building by mid-December.
A report to county councillors say the improvements have cost $4,975,000 so far.
County officials, including Warden Kevin Marriott, reopened the building Wednesday.