2008-08-06 / Front Page

Industrial Park Office Bldg. Project Gets Green Light

John Kaylor, deputy superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, said the center's board voted to go ahead with a 50,000 squarefoot office building project on Nolan Parkway in the Archbold Industrial Park.

Lugbill Brothers, Inc., Archbold, will construct the building.

The educational service center will lease the building from Lugbill Brothers. The service center will then sublease about half of the building to the Northwest Ohio Computer Association.

Kaylor said the building represents an approximately $6 million project. Construction is to start in September, with the building ready for occupancy in about one year.

Location

Kaylor said the service center board was drawn to Archbold because of its geographic location, central to the organization's four-county service area of Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams counties.

Currently, the NWOESC operates offices in Wauseon, Defi ance, Napoleon, and Montpelier. The offices will be closed, and employees moved to Archbold.

"We're going to get a lot of economies of scale," by moving everyone to Archbold.

"We have staff essentially doing the same things in four separate buildings. We have four copiers, four people doing the same things. We can redirect some of the employees to do other things, making them more productive," he said.

Incentives

The Village of Archbold offered the NWOESC board up to $240,000 in additional incentives to locate the new office building in Archbold.

Because Archbold faced competition from a Henry County site, village officials decided they needed to do something to stand out.

They decided to pay for several improvements at the site, including storm drains, water and sanitary sewer hookups, a parking lot, and the foundation of the building.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said in January the village council had unofficially committed to fund the improvements.

The incentive from Archbold "was a big factor" in the service center board decision, Kaylor said.

Howell said based on the number of employees that work for NWOESC and NWOCA, the two organizations' payrolls, and the village income tax rate, the $240,000 will be recovered in less than three years. - David Pugh

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