First County Departments Slated To Move To Globe Soon
SCRANTON — Officials expect the first Lackawanna County departments to move into the former Globe store by the end of next week and for the remainder to relocate to the Wyoming Avenue landmark by the middle of next month.
Among the first to make the move, possibly by Dec. 14, will be the Department of Domestic Relations and Office of Youth and Family Services, which will be housed on the building’s third and fourth floors, respectively, acting Chief of Staff Donald Frederickson said. The process of moving files, materials and equipment to the future home of county government is already underway. While officials in September said they hoped to be moved in by the first of the year, Frederickson said the county is satisfied with the status of the project at this point.
“We hope to be completely moved into the building and occupied by the middle of January at the latest,” Frederickson said. “We’re thrilled that it’s moving ahead at this pace.”
Contractors and carpenters continue to work at the Globe, their efforts evidenced by the occasional pounding of hammers and the hum of saws, but what earlier this year looked like a shell of the once-dominant downtown department store now looks like an expansive modern office complex on the inside. Temporary floor protectors covered new carpet leading to what will soon serve as the commissioners’ conference room on the fifth floor. Rows of cubicles on lower floors await employees who in many cases will work beneath the building’s original, ornamented tin ceilings.
Commissioners themselves will likely be among the last to make the move, from their sixth floor offices in the county’s Adams Avenue administration building to their sixth floor offices at the Globe, though Commissioner Laureen Cummings hopes to be moved in before Christmas, she said.
While he has yet to see invoices from last month, county Chief Financial Officer Tom Durkin said the cost of the converting the building to a government center was in the “vicinity” of $18 million as of the end of October. That’s roughly the same cost he reported in late September.
“To my knowledge, there has been no significant changes,” Durkin said. “If there were some change orders that happened in November, I haven’t seen them yet.”
The county originally authorized about $17 million in borrowing for the project and received a $1 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the project late last year.
Cummings and Commissioner Patrick O’Malley led a walkthrough of the building today.
O’Malley, the project’s chief advocate, said the new county building is for the people.
“This is the citizens’ building,” he said. “In life, this was the Globe store. It was their building then. ... It’s their building now.” Contact the writer: email@example.com; 570-348-9141; @jhorvathTT on Twitter
Lackawanna County’s new government center at the former Globe store in Scranton will house:
n First floor: Family Court; Court Administration; Juvenile Court and ancillary functions/offices; courtrooms and judges’ chambers.
n Second floor: Recorder of Deeds; Tax Assessor; Single Tax Office; Voter Registration; Controller’s Office; Veterans Affairs.
n Third floor: Domestic Relations; Head Start; Childcare Information Services; Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN); Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency.
n Fourth floor: Human Services; Children and Youth; Area Agency on Aging; Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program; Office of Drug and Alcohol Program.
n Fifth floor: Register of Wills; Office of Economic Development; Purchasing; Office of Environmental Sustainability; Human Resources; Boards/Authorities; Risk Management; commissioners’ conference room; Information Technology.
n Sixth floor: Commissioners; Accounting/Finance Department.