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Office for the Aging may relocate to Chautauqua Center

MaryAnn Spanos, Office for the Aging director, discussed the potential move of the office in Jamestown.

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is eyeing a move to the Chautauqua Center in Jamestown.

During a meeting of the county Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, Office for the Aging Director MaryAnn Spanos spoke about their proposal.

The Jamestown office is currently located at 610 W. Third St. and they’ve been seeking a new location for a while. Their current location is 1,900 square feet, and they have had problems with heating and cooling, as well as mice.

The Chautauqua Center would offer them 2,500 square feet without the current problems they now have. The new location would also provide more privacy.

“It’s a very small office with very little insulation between the rooms and you can hear every conversation,” Spanos said.

The Office for the Aging is currently paying around $12.30 a square foot. The Chautauqua Center would charge $13.40 a square foot.

The build out costs at their current location would be $65 a square foot, which would run around $162,500. Spanos said the Chautauqua Center was able to secure a tax credit, which would cover 75% of the build out costs there, which would cover $121,875, leaving the county responsible for the remaining $40,625, which could be financed.

She also said both former County Executive George Borrello and current interim County Executive PJ Wendel support the move.

Spanos said a 15-year lease would mean an additional cost of $6,000 a year for both rent and the build out expense. In order to cover the costs, this year the department would reduce its senior aid program, which was budgeted for this year. Future costs could be covered through grants and additional revenue.

The motion was unanimously approved by the committee. The full legislature will need to give final approval next week when the full budget is approved.

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