Geauga County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve another partial payment toward the $27 million county offices being built in Claridon Township.

Donley’s Independence, LLC received $1.54 million in the payment approved during the meeting. The approved payment brings the total funding of the office building to $17.1 million.

Ground was broken Oct. 28, 2020 on the four-story, 115,682-square-foot building, which is expected to be completed in June. The end goal, according to a press release issued when construction began is to consolidate county departments and to provide a convenient, central location for county-provided services.

Once completed, the commissioner’s office and many of the county services, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Board of Elections, Building Department, Department of Aging, Economic Development, Health Department, Jobs and Family Services, Planning Department, Veterans Department, and Water Department, among other county services, will be in the building.

County Administrator Gerard Morgan said there is “nothing major” that needs to be done, adding that most of the work yet to be completed comes down to painting and installing the interior doors to the office.

Mr. Morgan also confirmed that, despite supply chain shortages affecting the country, construction is still scheduled to be done “on time”, with the final payment to be made in July.

“Donley’s [Independence, LLC] saw it coming,” Mr. Morgan commented. “They purchased stuff well in advanced, and that stuff is sitting in a warehouse waiting to be installed.”

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Susan Daniels

How much are the furnishings, carpets, blinds, etc. going to cost for the new building? How much is the architect going to be paid? Isn't the standard 7% of the entire project?

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