PEPPER PIKE — The Jewish Family Service Association will move into its new headquarters in the city on July 1.

The new building at 29125 Chagrin Blvd. offers additional benefits for the clients and staff. The new space will have larger meeting spaces with updated technology, a client art studio, food pantry, wheelchair accessible elevators, multipurpose rooms and cheerful waiting rooms, according to the press release.

“We’re going to be able to better serve our clients and make it more convenient for our employees by eliminating the time that employees spend driving between offices,” said JFSA Board Chairman Dan Zelman. “It will be a much more cohesive operation and we will have the time and the facilities to have conferences and spend time working together instead of on conference calls.”

The agency already closed its Lyndhurst location and plans to close two offices in Beachwood with all 225 employees moving to the building in Pepper Pike.

JFSA purchased the property next to Eton Chagrin Boulevard in March of 2018 for $3.05 million.

Mayor Richard Bain said the headquarters will be a welcomed addition to the city. “We are thrilled to have JFSA coming to our city,” he said.

Mayor Bain noted the agency’s purchase and renovation of the office building brings an anchor and stability to the Chagrin Boulevard corridor. The building lost its tenants over time and struggled in filling vacancies, he said. In addition, he said that the green-friendly building created during the renovation will bring jobs and add to the tax base in Pepper Pike.

Bob Matakovich of Fabo Architecture helped design the building renovations and said that the three-story, 36,000-square-foot building now exceeds requirements for energy conservation. Mr. Matakovich said mechanical systems were replaced and LED lighting was added.

Each floor is designed in different zones for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, he explained of the energy saving systems. If one area is too warm, the temperature can be adjusted for that zone rather than the whole building.

“It helps conserve energy,” Mr. Matakovich said.

Mayor Bain said that JFSA found that the square footage allowed the agency to consolidate its staff into one building. Clientele will be able to readily take advantage of services since the building is on the RTA bus line, he added.

“It was a great day when JFSA purchased the building in its entirety and invested in a major renovation to modernize the building and make it fresh and effective for their purpose,” he said.

JFSA Cleveland is a 144-year-old private, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening families and individuals in all communities in northeast Ohio. JFSA offers a variety of services including domestic violence, child care, adults with disabilities, homelessness prevention and more.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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