The former Douglas Community Hospital building will soon be full of activity again.

The remodeled and expanded building, just west of I-5 along Harvard Avenue in Roseburg, sat vacant for several years. It will soon house several state Department of Human Services offices.

Department staff will begin moving in next week, with the first office scheduled to be in the building on Monday.

DHS officials said the Aging and People with Disabilities offices will close at noon Friday and reopen at 1 p.m. Monday at the new location.

The Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency offices will close at noon Friday, Dec. 9, and reopen the following Monday, Dec. 12, in their new offices.

Two agencies are not moving. The DHS Vocational Rehabilitation office and the Douglas County Area Agency on Aging are not affected by the move.

“We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and we believe this will be a more accessible location for our consumers,” said Merry Bayly, the Aging and People with Disabilities program district manager.

The former hospital site was remodeled to house most of the DHS programs in one location. Officials said it will offer better customer service, with clients able to travel to one location to get multiple services. Staff will also be able to collaborate more easily.

About 250 employees will work at the site. The main phone line and direct line numbers to staff members will remain the same.

Officials said they have already notified current clients about the change.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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