By early 2017, the Mahoning County Educational Service Center expects to move into a new building on property behind the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.
Board members and administrators from both centers as well as city officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the $8.5 million building that will be financed over 28 years. The building will be owned by the career center and leased by the ESC.
“But it will be a cost savings in the long run,” said Ronald Iarussi, superintendent for both centers.
Once the mortgage has been paid off, the building will be owned by the MCCTC. None of the costs is being passed on to member districts.
The ESC is housed in space owned by Cocca Development in the Southwoods Center. The center pays $10 per square foot for the roughly 25,000-square-foot space.
The new building will be about the same size, and the rent will be about the same.
“It will be more conducive to what our needs are,” Iarussi said.
MS Consultants Inc. of Youngstown is the criteria architect. Hammond Construction of Canton and Olsavsky Jaminet of Youngstown are the design and construction team.
“In the center of the county, we’re going to have a state-of-the-art educational center not only for students but also for staff,” said Richard Scarsella, president of the MCCTC board and a member of the ESC board.
Originally published by the Youngstown Vindicator and written by Denise Dick.