|By Christine Stapleton, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The administration sent out a press release at
The closing follows a lawsuit filed in
But the building owner denies the building has any problems.
"We have done every possible test -- on carpet fibers, walls, air ducts and I can tell you the physical evidence demonstrates there is nothing wrong with the building," said Dr.
GSA, the agency responsible for federal office space, worked with SSAB Florida to address the complaints since they arose in 2012, and independent air quality tests conducted since suggest there have been no threats to safety and health at the 22,000-square-foot building.
Khouri said the government's
"As we've stated in the lawsuit, the plaintiffs' case is frivolous and wrongful," Neuman wrote. "We are confident that this will come out at trial and that we will prevail on all claims and counterclaims."
Meanwhile, in federal court,
Air-quality complaints and other repairs and construction caused the government to close the office in
Upon learning Thursday that the office would be closed for good without having a new office lined up,
"Given the large population of elderly and disabled persons in our districts, appointments carried out over the phone or via the internet are not readily viable options," the representatives wrote. "It is paramount that we continue to ensure full access to the invaluable resources of the SSA through a physical office location in
While the office search continues, the administration is working with libraries, mental health centers and homeless shelters to provide limited services, Patterson said.
Patterson said many of
Online services include applying for retirement, disability,
For other services: Call 800-772-1213 or TTY-1-800-325-0778; go to www.socialsecurity.gov.
"We're still trying to have some limited presence in communities," Patterson said.
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