A new childcare facility is finally being built in Polk County after flooding forced the closure of the old one in 2020.
The Columbus Children's Center, which will be operated and managed by nonprofit WNCSource, will be built on the campus of Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry.
It will provide Early Head Start programs for children up to three years old.
WNCSource CEO David White said new parents will no longer need to travel for care.
"Polk County, at this point we don't think there's a single child care center open in the county," White said. "Everybody in Polk County has to take their child to Henderson County or Spartanburg County or Rutherfordton to get services."
Construction on the $2.5 million project is expected to take about a year.