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Three Tenants For New Industrial Park Office Building




There will be three tenants in the new office building being constructed in the Archbold Industrial Park.

Speaking to the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce at the group’s Monday, Oct. 13, noon luncheon, Darren Jenkins, superintendent of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, said the new 50,000 square-foot building will host the service center, the Northwest Ohio Computer Association, and the Northwest Ohio Buckeye Educational Council.

Each group has its own responsibilities:

•The Educational Service Center provides special education for smaller, rural school districts that could not afford to offer them on their own, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators from small districts.

•The computer association, commonly known as “NWOCA,” pronounced “No-wak-ka,” provides technical solutions and computer services to school districts in northwest Ohio.

•The educational council coordinates health insurance services for schools in five counties, plus parts of a sixth.

Need

Jenkins said the service center has been operating four offices, one in each of the four counties it serves- Fulton, Defi- ance, Henry and Williams.

Combining those offices in to one central office will offer a chance to streamline several operations.

Out of about 500 total employees, Jenkins said about 100 to 150 will work at the new office building. The other two tenants will add another 75 to 100 workers in the building.

He said the service center board plans to eliminate positions within the organization only through attrition.

“We don’t anticipate layoffs or RIFs (Reductions In Force),” he said.

The employees working in the building will pay the 1.5% Archbold income tax.

Village

Archbold Village Council committed up to $240,000 in assistance to the office building project, offering to provide utility service taps, parking lot preparations, and the building’s slab foundation.

The village also sold several acres of industrial park land for the building for $1.

Also, Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, who attended the luncheon, said the village will extend Nolan Parkway, the industrial park street which fronts the office building, during the 2009 construction season.

Nolan Parkway will connect to Co. Rd. 24, providing workers a second access to the building.

Construction

The educational service center will lease the building, estimated to cost $6 million, from Lugbill Brothers, Inc., Archbold. NWOCA and NWOBEC will lease space from the service center.

Jenkins said it is estimated the building will be completed in July 2009, with occupancy in the fall.

One of the features of the building is shared space for a large conference room. In the future, Jenkins said that space could be used for community events, such as class reunions.

He said the service center will make the space available, “because we want to be good neighbors. Depending on the time of day, there may be a nominal fee.”

That, he said, will generate a little extra revenue for the service center.- David Pugh


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