CHARLES TOWN – In a 4-1 vote on Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission agreed to enter into negotiations to purchase the Briel building in order to alleviate space constraints on county government. Commissioner Frances Morgan voted against the proposal.
The Briel building, at 201 N. George St., in downtown Charles Town, currently houses the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney’s offices. The county has been leasing the building since last year.
The building has been appraised at $1.6 million, and county staff reported it could likely be purchased for $2 million.
Commission President Patsy Noland said she hopes the county can negotiate a good price on the building that will save tax dollars in the long run.
Morgan said she would prefer another site for county government offices, saying the Briel building contained more amenities than are needed.