LCCAA Offices on the Move

posted 9/11/17 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency will right size as it moves into newly renovated space just a few blocks away from its long-time location on Broadway Avenue in mid-September.

“This move represents an exciting development for our agency,” said President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein. “While ever cost conscious, this was an opportunity not to be missed.”

Staff currently working at 502/506 Broadway will move to 936 Broadway on September 18, 19 and 20. The agency will be closed all three days. Phone, email and website service may all be interrupted during this time.

The new space, leased from and improved by United Properties Management Company, is approximately 14,000 square feet or half the size of the agency’s current space. The new office also preserves the historic storefronts of the three contiguous buildings, a factor especially important to developer and Lorain native Jon Veard of United Properties.

“It was Jon who saw the potential of the buildings,” Boehnlein said. “Looking at blight up close is daunting, but Jon only saw vibrancy. Now those buildings are alive again, the agencies has what it needs to operate well and both will work in service to help low-income residents of Lorain County improve their lives.”

The project required extensive demolition, replacement of all major mechanical systems, roofs and elevator. The new space includes customer access from Broadway and from the rear of the south building, dedicated customer and employee parking, a sunlit reception area for HEAP customers, a large first-floor community meeting room, four conference rooms and comfortably situated workspace for 40 employees.

The monumental staircase original to the building has been preserved. The firm of James A. Yorks Architects and Associates of Amherst completed the design work. Some exterior concrete and awning installation work remain and will be completed as soon as possible, weather permitting. That work will not affect the moving dates, Boehnlein said.

The Home Energy Assistance Program office currently located at 435 Fourth Street will remain open. That office will move to 936 Broadway on September 29. No HEAP appointments will be available in Lorain on Sept. 29. On that day, HEAP appointments will be available in Elyria at LCCAA’s office at St. Agnes Church, 611 Lake Ave. Call 1-855-806-9620 to make an appointment.

The existing buildings at 502/506 Broadway, which are owned by the agency, will be converted to direct service for the agency’s youth-related initiatives, including a social enterprise that will provide workforce development training for older youth.

Boehnlein plans to schedule a community open house in the new building later this fall.