News : Lorain County Spending $750,000 for 911 Center
Elyria, OH, USA, June 16, 2016 -- Lorain County is spending $750,000 to buy a new home for the county’s 911 Center.
The roughly 15,000-square-foot building, which served as offices for Equity Trust Co. before the company consolidated its operations in Westlake in 2012, will replace the 911 Center on Gateway Boulevard.
County 911 Director Tracy Slagle said she was excited about the new location, which will house the emergency call equipment that among other improvements will be able to receive requests for help via text message.
She said the new equipment, along with her growing staff, will fit better at the new building at 225 Burns Road near Lorain County Community College.
"We’ve outgrown our facility," she said.
County Administrator Jim Cordes said the purchase price will come from 911 funds rather than the county’s cash-strapped general fund.
The county is buying the building built in 2003 from the Lorain County Community College Foundation. Equity Trust donated the building to the foundation when it moved to Westlake.
Tracy Green, LCCC’s vice president for strategic and institutional development, said the foundation has been trying to sell the building ever since the 2012 donation, but hasn’t gotten any takers until now. The original list price was about $1.2 million, but the price has steadily dropped over the years as the foundation tried to find a buyer, she said.
Green said the foundation’s policy is to try to sell off any donations that aren’t cash. She said under the terms of the donation, the money raised from selling the building will be used to support entrepreneurship programs and scholarships at the college.
"We are grateful for the contribution of this facility and the opportunity for it to be used for this vital community service," Phil Baptiste, the foundation’s chairman, said in a statement. "Proceeds from the sale of this property will further support the mission of the college and most importantly provide enhanced opportunities for students."
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Cordes said updating the building will cost about $250,000 and the new equipment will run around $5 million. He said the county was mandated to update its aging 911 equipment.
The project will take between 12 months and 18 months to complete, Cordes estimated. He said once the new call center opens, the old one will become the backup call center.
The county’s current backup call center is in the old Golden Acres Nursing Home, which the county closed last year. Cordes said backup location will be moved to a temporary site until the new call center is up and running.
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