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Lorain County Community Action Agency celebrates new location

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    United Property Management Co. President and CEO Jon Veard, left, Lorain County Community Action Agency President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein and Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer share a laugh Thursday during a ribbon-cutting for the new home of Lorain County Community Action Agency at 936 Broadway in Lorain.

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    The first floor at the new location of Lorain County Community Action Agency at 936 Broadway Ave in Lorain Nov. 9.

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    Lorain County Community Action Agency at 936 Broadway Ave in Lorain Nov. 9.

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LORAIN — With a snip of a blue ribbon, the Lorain County Community Action Agency announced its official relocation to its new building Thursday afternoon.

The agency hosted a ribbon-cutting and an open house at its new location, 936 Broadway, on Thursday. Staff gave those who attended a tour of the new building.

The 14,000-square-foot building is half the size of the agency’s previous space. But this was no accident or loss on their end, said Jackie Boehnlein, president and CEO of the county Community Action Agency.

Among the new benefits of the new location are dedicated parking and more conference rooms and workstations for the programs the agency provides. These were features that couldn’t be supported at its last location at 502/506 Broadway.

The Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of resources, programs and policies to improve the quality of life for low-income Lorain County residents.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer, said he was happy to see the downtown agency officially moving in and helping revivify the downtown area.

“There’s such a need in the community (for the Community Action Agency) to do better, and they’ll be able to do that here,” he said.

The plan to move had been in the works for two years after the agency discovered its location needed renovations that wouldn’t be worth the cost. So they decided to find a better location with less space.

“We really wanted to be a community resource and to be able to host meetings and interact with the people we serve differently,” she said.

After 10 months of construction, the agency unofficially moved in September.

The agency now works in a public/private partnership with United Properties Management Co., which paid for the improvement and gave a 10-year lease to the agency. United Properties President and CEO Jon Vear said he saw a vision to transform the building, previously the Molas furniture building, into a new headquarters for the agency.

Boehnlein said it’s still difficult to believe where the agency is now.

“It’s not just me, my staff says the same thing, we come in every day and say, ‘Wow, we get to work here.’ It’s pretty exciting,” she said.

Visit www.lccaa.net for more information.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com.

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