Social Security Administration to move Warren office downtown

WARREN -- The Warren office of the Social Security Administration will relocate to the downtown in 2007.
The move into the first floor of the Gibson Building at 258 E. Market St. was announced Friday by Mayor Michael J. O'Brien; Barry Linville, manager of the Warren Social Security Office; and Anthony A. Iannucci Jr., head of the city's redevelopment and planning group.
Linville said the General Services Administration determined the site and informed him of the selection Thursday night.
He does not know the rental charge nor how much will be spent on remodeling the 10,000-square-foot first floor. That is being handled by the GSA, Linville said.
The Gibson Building has been vacant for two years, O'Brien said.
The mayor noted his administration is looking at the idea of a "one-stop" facility in which to consolidate more city offices into one building.
The second and third floors of the Gibson Building is one of the sites being considered, he added. Each floor has 10,000 square feet of space.
Grew out of space
Linville, who has worked for the federal agency for 35 years, said the current office space at 1353 E. Market, across from Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital, is getting a "little cramped."
It occupies 8,000 feet on the second floor of the building owned by Forum Health.
Linville said the Gibson Building "better fits our needs."
The agency has 26 employees, and there is space for 30 workers in the new building.
Iannucci said the move will help the downtown, especially the restaurants and shops.
Linville said the target date to move into the Gibson Building is Jan. 1, 2007.
One of the reasons the building was selected is the parking space to the rear of the building, which can accommodate at least 100 vehicles.
Between 100 and 150 people walk in to conduct Social Security business each day at the Warren site. It services 50,000 Trumbull County residents, sending out $40 million in checks monthly.
Remodeling needed
Linville said the move won't be a matter of moving in some desks.
Remodeling, he explained, will include construction of a training room, restrooms for the public and staff, lunchroom and "a ton of wiring" to accommodate the computer system.
The move will not cause a reduction in services, Linville added.
The move out of the Forum Health property will allow TMH to expand. It will eventually occupy all three floors after SS leaves.
A 142-foot-long pedestrian skyway connects the hospital's second floor with the radiation oncology facility that will occupy the third floor across East Market from the hospital.
Forum Health is involved in a $120 million, five-year master plan in Youngstown and Warren.

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