After more than two decades as a tenant of a historical house, the Platte City License Bureau recently completed a move to a more commercial location.
The office closed Friday, April 10 and reopened at 1211 Branch St. on Monday, April 13. Previously, the license bureau operated for an estimated 23 years on the ground floor of a building on Third Street in downtown Platte City, sharing space with a local law office.
“It was not too bad,” contract agent Tracy Zahnd said of the transition. “Friday was our big day that we moved everything. We’ve been unpacking ever since, still living out of a few boxes.”
Zahnd was awarded the location contract in early January and took over that same month but couldn’t make the move until now.
The new license office, located between Maria’s Mexican Restaurant and Pizza Hut, offers five counter stations – up from three at the previous location. Zahnd also said more waiting space is available for customers.
The previous staff remains in place, and a few new workers have been added to accommodate the larger space. The current contract is for five years, and Zahnd anticipates this move to be permanent for the duration, barring any unforeseen changes.
“We needed a larger space and just more parking,” Zahnd said. “As you know, the county is growing north so we are anticipating some of that growth.”