ELYRIA — The county is set to begin the bidding process for work on the former Golden Acres building, which officials hope will become the home of Recovery One.
The county commissioners approved resolutions to advertise for bids on HVAC stabilization and rooftop unit replacement on the building at the intersection of Leavitt and North Ridge roads in Amherst Township on Wednesday morning.
The county has a 0.3-mill levy on the Nov. 6 ballot that would raise $2 million annually that would help fund Recovery One, which is a one-stop recovery facility that the Nord Family Foundation, The LCADA Way, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health are partnering with the commissioners to open at the former Golden Acres facility.
In March, the county was awarded $500,000 by the state to help get the building ready for its new role.
County Administrator Jim Cordes said the work needs to be done even if Recovery One doesn’t come to fruition.
“The roof is old. It needs to be replaced. We’ve been patching it for years now,” Cordes said. “Going forward, much like the courthouse, if we’re going to preserve the building, that work has to be done or we let it decay, collapse and someone eventually comes in and demos it.”
Cordes said the building isn’t in danger of collapsing, and previously has said the building is in better condition that many think. However, he said if the work isn’t done within the next couple years, the building could become unusable.
“We’ve seen that happen before,” he said. “Green Acres was a classic example of people didn’t do their job. A perfectly fine and very nice building was left for 15 years and then had to be demoed because it hadn’t received any care or conditioning.”
Green Acres, which served as the county’s orphanage from 1900 to 1995, was demolished in 2012 by Oberlin after the city purchased the 15-acre site from the county at a cost of $265,000.
The county commissioners voted to shut down the county-run Golden Acres Nursing Home in September 2015. Officials said the decision was made because the county home was losing money.
The county will begin accepting bids for the work Oct. 30.
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