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New Office Space for County Departments to Better Meet Needs and will Deliver Significant Cost Savings

Published: 8/3/2012

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced the County has signed a lease agreement for 29,000 square feet of space in the Poughkeepsie Journal building located at 85 Civic Center Plaza in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Dutchess County Department of Health and the Division of Veterans Services will be relocated to the new location early next year.     The new location will provide an enhanced work environment for employees to better serve residents and will provide more than $100,000 in annual cost savings for taxpayers.

County Executive Molinaro said, “This move will provide a better working environment for our employees, enabling them to more efficiently serve our residents; all while saving the County more than a half million dollars over the next five years.   It is a logical move that enables us to focus on better serving residents’ needs.”

The Dutchess County Department of Health (DOH), currently located at 387 Main Street, will be relocated to the new location. The space needs of the department have changed significantly since the County originally moved into the Main Street location more than 20 years ago. County Executive Molinaro said, “When I came into office in January, county officials had been unable to come to an agreement with the landlord of the current space after nearly two years of negotiations.   Therefore, I directed a Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued in April.” The space at the Poughkeepsie Journal building was identified to best meet the needs of the department at a lower cost than what is currently being paid.

The office space will be built to suit the needs of the Health Department.    The design flexibility of the space will enable the DOH to actually reduce the department’s square footprint with operational design flow efficiencies.     The current 34,000 square foot space lacks this flexibility and was more space than actually needed.

Dutchess County Director of Physical Facilities Roman Yasiejko said, “This move will follow the trend seen throughout corporate America, where office space is being better designed allowing for an overall reduction of the space footprint.   We are very pleased to be able to work with this blank canvas, for a better use of space that will vastly improve workflow and efficiency for employees and save money for taxpayers.”

The new location features easier accessibility for employees and visitors, including ample free parking.  It will also allow the Early Intervention/Pre-School Special Education division to be located within the Health Department. The division currently rents just over 3,700 square feet of office space at 510 Haight Avenue in Poughkeepsie.

“We look forward to this opportunity to create a 21st century work environment with this new space.   Over the years, the needs of the Health Department and the residents we serve have changed, and we have needed to respond to those changes,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Caldwell.   “Our current space limits our ability to successfully adapt, so we are eager to start fresh in the new location.”

The Division of Veterans Services, currently located in the County Office Building at 22 Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, is also expected to relocate into the new space next year.

“This move delivers significant short term cost savings for the County, with tremendous long term efficiency savings. It is an opportunity to provide our employees a better work space while saving county taxpayer dollars.    As we continue to evaluate all aspects of the county government heading into the 2013 budget, this move is an important part of our multi-year restructuring and ‘right-sizing’ of county government,” concluded Molinaro.