Community group purchases former One Stop
IRONTON — The Ironton Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization has purchased the former One Stop building at 120 N. 3rd St., for $1.4 million, according to property transfer records at the Lawrence County Courthouse.
“We’ve been leasing it for a long time, since the 1990s,” said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the community action organization. “It’s actually two buildings. They did some major renovation on the building several years ago.”
The One Stop was a state initiative under former Gov. George Voinovich more than 25 years ago.
The community action organization bought the building from River City Development, according to property transfer records.
It included veterans services, services for the elderly, and the Women, Infants and Children program, along with the recovery to work program, Kline said.
In addition to unemployment services, the building has some 20 programs and some 60 employees, Kline said. It also houses GED programs and several state offices, he said.
“It’s pretty much full right now,” Kline said. “We plan to do some minor renovations. We hope it will be done before the end of the year.”
The community action organization opened a new Family Medical Center in the building earlier this summer. Initially some five people are working at the medical center.
There are six Family Medical Centers in the county, one in Aid, one in South Point, one in Chesapeake, one in Proctorville and two in Ironton, one at the One Stop and one at St. Mary’s Medical Center’s complex. They serve more than 13,000 people per year.