YOUNGSTOWN - Mahoning County commissioners are trying to figure out what to do with the Southside Annex.
The building on Market Street that once housed the Board of Elections along with several other offices will be vacant Oct. 1 after the last two entities in the building move out.
Commissioners last week agreed to pay $3,830 to Environmental Protection Systems Inc. to do an asbestos survey at the building in case it is demolished.
Commissioner Chairman John McNally said the county has yet to decide what to do with the building, but he does not want it to sit unused for too long.
''My preference is I don't want an abandoned building standing up there,'' McNally said.
The options are either demolishing the structure or selling it, McNally said.
Plans are under way to move the Title Department from the Clerk of Courts office out shortly followed by the relocation of an adult day care inside run by the county board of health, which will be moved to Austintown.
The building was once home to the Board of Elections, but it moved to the Oak Hill Renaissance Place last year. The Title Department also is going to Oak Hill.
Several law enforcement agencies have also had offices in the building at one time, but the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force recently moved out.
The Youngstown Police Department Vice Squad and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team also are headquartered in the building, but they are expected to be out shortly also.
McNally said he was not sure when the commissioners will be able to come to a decision on what to do with the building.