Search for Trumbull agency's new home is under way

Trumbull County commissioners will decide where to move the combined agency.
WARREN -- Potential bidders got details from an architect Tuesday about Trumbull County's quest to find a massive space to hold 250 employees and their clients.
Trumbull County Job and Family Services wants to lease about 77,000 square feet of office space and needs parking spaces for the One Stop Center and Child Support Enforcement Agency operations.
The new quarters are required to be in Trumbull County but are now in downtown Warren.
Factors to be considered include convenience to the predominantly urban clientele, travel time for staff in the field and moving costs to be paid by the agency.
The county seeks a 10-year lease with a flat rate per square foot and an option to buy the building.
Ten bid packages have been picked up so far; proposals are due May 12.
About 20 developers or company representatives attended Tuesday's question-and-answer session on the bidding, moderated by Bruce W. Sekanick of Phillips/Sekanick Architects in Warren, which is representing the county.
"It's either new building, existing building, building with additions -- however you can make it work," he said. "When you submit, you're basically certifying that it can be built."
On hand for the session at the county administration building was Anthony Iannucci Jr., director of Warren Redevelopment & amp; Planning Corp., whose agency wants to keep the county operations downtown.
The developers present included Sam Covelli, Scott Lewis, Nick Perod and Jack Gibson.
"This type of facility really works well on a one-story layout, but it can be done on multifloors," Sekanick said.
"There are only so many that are available of this size," he said of the large space needed.
Bid process
The commissioners will hold the bids for 60 days before making a decision on the lowest and best bidder. The commissioners will rank each proposal package and then negotiate a deal. In the past, they've resisted sending the jobs outside of downtown.
The current lease is month-to-month for Job & amp; Family Services, which has offices at 150 S. Park Ave. and 147 W. Market St. The county's Child Support Enforcement Agency is now at 106 High St. N.W. in the county-owned Stone Building.
The two agencies are merging this year and are largely federal and state funded. If terms for combined space can't be reached, they could also stay put.
One of the buildings Warren officials want to fill is the $4 million Gibson Building on East Market Street downtown, which was built in 1997 to state Bureau of Workers' Compensation specifications. The bureau moved its employees to Youngstown this year in a cost-saving measure.

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