In October, Have You Heard? reported that the Twin Lakes Driver Licensing Office at 21st and Amidon would be expanding from 5,400 square feet to 14,805 square feet.
Now, it’s about to happen. The new office will open on Dec. 15.
In preparation for the expansion, the office will be closed Dec. 10 to 12 in order for equipment to be moved and tested. On those days, the Andover and Derby licensing offices are still open.
The Civil Tax Enforcement office is leaving the Finney State Office Building downtown, which is part of what prompted the Twin Lakes expansion.
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“It just caused us to re-evaluate how we were handling everything,” Jeannine Koranda, a state spokeswoman, previously said of the tax office moving.
The new licensing office will move its lower-level space at Twin Lakes to the east of where Comcare of Sedgwick County has an office.
There also will be meeting space and a learning center as part of the expansion.
The licensing office also will have expanded services. In the future, there will be a new Driver Solutions Services office to help people immediately resolve issues for licenses that are suspended or are otherwise invalid. Currently, if drivers go to renew their licenses and learn there are problems, they have to leave the office and call the state Department of Revenue in Topeka to resolve the issue.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal for the the expanded space. Ink Construction is the contractor.
The state opened the license office at Twin Lakes in 1999. Koranda said it’s one of the busiest licensing offices in the state.
“We are excited to be moving into this new space,” said Director of Vehicles Lisa Kaspar in a statement, “and the enhanced customer service we will be able to offer.”