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Medical billing company bids on township building



Published: Wed, August 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A second visit by the company to the building is expected next week.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

AUSTINTOWN -- About five years after moving into a township-owned building on Westchester Drive, the zoning office might be moving again.

Michael B. Dockry, township administrator, said a broker working with the township has heard from a medical billing company that's interested in the space.

The township wants the money the company would pay in rent.

"We've been told that it's between us and a building in Liberty," he said.

The company's chief financial officer plans to look at the space for the second time next week, the administrator said.

The rent would have to be negotiated, though the township is asking for $12 per square foot. The company has expressed interest in between 24,000 square feet and 25,000 square feet.

Others affected

Besides the zoning office, the township-owned Westchester building houses the Mahoning County Green Team, a UAW office and the county lead abatement office. Only zoning and the lead abatement office would be affected if the new tenant moves in.

If the company moves in, the township would have to find another space for zoning, but Dockry said that process won't start until and unless a deal is worked out with the prospective tenant.

"They're looking at April 1, but they need to give us time to get the building where they need it to be before they would move in," he said.

That could mean installation of new carpeting, painting and likely replacement of some rooftop heating and air conditioning units.

The zoning office moved in January 2000 from cramped quarters in the township administration building, Ohltown Road, to Westchester Drive, nearly tripling its office space.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation vacated the Westchester building in August 2000 and moved into the George V. Voinovich Government Center in downtown Youngstown.

The location also provides convenience for customers because of its proximity to the Mahoning County Building Inspection Department, planning commission and board of health, 50 Westchester.

Township payroll employees moved into the area of the administration building formerly occupied by zoning.




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