Commissioners are debating three undisclosed sites.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners this week will get a ranked list of three potential sites for relocating the Job & amp; Family Services/Child Support Enforcement Agency.
In May, the county received nine proposals from building owners. The list then was cut to five, and now three -- all with input from county officials, community representatives and several boards involved in the process.
Phillips/Sekanick Architects, Warren, did a technical analysis to see if all proposals complied with the county's minimum specifications. The three sites appear to meet the required specifications for price, square footage and other issues.
Bruce W. Sekanick, architect, said he cannot yet reveal the three sites. The county requires that the location be in Trumbull County, not a specific community -- although Warren officials have made their preference for the city known.
Only two of the initial nine proposals would keep 250 employees and their clients downtown. Among the county's other possible choices a month ago were large vacant plaza spaces in Warren, Howland and Niles.
The three sites being forwarded to the commissioners will be ranked for compliance with specifications and cost. Commissioners then will follow up and negotiate individually with the owners.
The Department of Job & amp; Family Services and Child Support Enforcement Agency are merging this year and are largely federal and state funded. Trumbull County wants to lease 76,000 to 77,000 square feet with parking for the "One Stop Center and Child Enforcement" operation.
Up for discussion
Factors to be considered include convenience to the predominantly urban clientele, utility costs, 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 whatever building it selects.
The current lease with Kleese Development for Job & amp; Family Services offices at 150 S. Park Ave. and 147 W. Market St. expires this year. Kleese Development's Nick Perod has offered to give the county the buildings if it makes a five-year commitment to stay.
The county's Child Support Enforcement Agency is now at 106 High St. N.W. in the county-owned Stone Building.
Proposals had been submitted by:
U Kleese Development Associates, Warren, for 150 S. Park Ave. (current landlord downtown); 88,056 square feet at $12.50 per square foot; annual rent, $1.1 million.
U Covelli Properties, Warren, for 6000 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles (Village Center Plaza); 76,264 square feet at $12.25 per square foot; annual rent, $934,234.
U DIY Warren, Birmingham, Mich., for Elm Road near state Route 5 in Howland (former DIY store building); 74,000 square feet at $16.99 per square foot; annual rent, $1,257,260.
U Eastgate Technology Park, Poland, for 6.2-acre site on U.S. Route 422 (former Fiore Restaurant and Soul 77 Nightclub); 74,000 square feet at $12.50 per square foot; annual rent, $925,000.
U Riverside Square, Warren, for 1400 Tod Ave. N.W. (former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital); 90,000 square feet at $6.67 per square foot; annual rent, $599,900.
U Jack Gibson Construction Co., Warren, for 258 E. Market St. (Gibson Building downtown); 75,000 square feet at $14.65 per square foot; annual rent, $1.1 million.
U The Cafaro Co., Struthers, for Boulevard Center, Eastwood Mall, Niles (former Sam's Club); 70,040 square feet at $13.71 per square foot; annual rent, $960,248.
U Lewis Development, Warren, for 5000 E. Market St., (former IGA store in Market Square); 74,000 square feet at $16.05 per square foot; annual rent, $1.19 million.
U Riverview Limited Partnership, Cleveland, for Ridge Avenue (the Ridgeview Plaza); 76,700 square feet at $15.40 per square foot; annual rent, $1.18 million for the first five years; $16.15 per square foot for years 6-10; annual rent, $1.24 million.