The Summit County Health District announced today the purchase of a new building to serve as their main campus for Akron, Barberton and Copley.
The Fairway Center building complex on 1867 West Market Street in Akron will be the future home to all three districts.
"It helps us from an administrative perspective to not have as many scattered sites with smaller numbers, but rather look where the need is greatest and where we can best serve the populations," said spokesperson Donna Skoda.
She says there is still a long way to go before they can officially move into the building.
"We're working with an architectural firm, the county has been supporting us, so we're looking at the whole entire process of designing space as well as looking at when the tentative move will be," said Skoda.
The merge of all three districts under one roof will help the cut administrative costs. The purchase price of the building was about $600,000, according to Skoda.
Officials say they've been searching for a place to house the districts since the merge in 2011.
The health district is planning on significant remodeling over the next year.
(Summit County Health District Press Release) Summit County Public Health is pleased to announce the recent purchase of the Fairway Center building complex located at 1867 Market Street, Akron, Ohio. Fairway Center was built in 1979 with a major addition added in 1990. It has a colorful history and over the years has housed a variety of businesses including physician offices,radio stations and newspaper offices.
In 2011, Akron, Barberton and the County health districts combined and have since been
searching for adequate space to serve as their new main campus. The health district is planning significant remodeling over the next year to meet its various needs, and to conveniently and efficiently serve the public. In addition to Fairway Center, the health district will continue to assure access to health district services by maintaining various satellite locations throughout the county. Health Commissioner Gene Nixon stated “the Board of Health and our staff are extremely pleased to be able to assume this fine facility as the future home of the health district.”