OXFORD — State regulators have given Granville County’s government permission to sign a 1.9 million lease that will allow the Department of Social Services to set up a satellite office in the Butner and Creedmoor area.

The N.C. Local Government Commission during its meeting on June 1 gave County Manager Mike Felts and his staff the green light to secure 9,600 square feet of office space in the Dutch Village shopping center at 2351 E. Lyon Station Road near Butner and Creedmoor.

County officials said the lease includes a 10-year initial term with options for a pair of five-year extensions. They hope to finish the project by the end of 2021 and have the satellite office fully operational by the start of 2022.

Once it’s open, 25 to 30 of the department’s staff of about 90 people will work there.

“We are fortunate that there was space available in Creedmoor for us to grow into as the county grows,” Felts said. “We intend to look at the county’s changing needs over the next 10 years as we continue to bring services to where our residents are.”

The Local Government Commission monitors the fiscal health of North Carolina’s city, town and county governments, and has to sign off on their borrowing.

It also has to approve leases that extend beyond a single fiscal year and exceed $500,000 in total lease value, county spokeswoman Lynn Allred said.

The Department of Social Services’ main office is at 410 W. Spring St. in Oxford.

The department has to deal with walk-in traffic, and with major population clusters on both the north end of the county around Oxford and on the south end around Butner, Creedmoor and Stem, the lack of an office in the south can present a hardship to residents there.

“The full-service satellite office will enable residents in the southern end of the county to receive services where they live, since the southern end of the county is experiencing the largest population growth,” Felts and Allred said via email.

County commissioners have also said they want to target county services toward “more densely populated areas,” the officials said.

The Local Government Commission’s summary of the deal indicated that the lease envisions rent increases for the satellite office occurring every other year.

The Dutch Village shopping center is just off Interstate 85 at Exit 191. Though it has a Creedmoor mailing address, the property is physically closer to Butner. Creedmoor is just to the southeast on N.C. 56.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.