LEWISBURG — The Selinsgrove and Shamokin CareerLinks will close, and a consolidated center will be located in Sunbury’s municipal building.
The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board voted unanimously today to accept the move, which Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Corporation executive director Shannon Miller said should take place sometime between June 25 and Aug. 25.
The cost will be $6.50 a square foot for 16,289 square feet, but they will pay only for 15,000 — a cost of $97,500 a year.
Of all the decisions that have been made in response to a $1 million decrease in funding, with more expected, Miller called this one “the most difficult”, but also the decision that would save the most money.
In addition to the consolidation, Miller announced that they will be renting only half of the current space used for administrative offices in Lewisburg, with half of the staff making the move to the Sunbury location.
Miller said the cost savings in the Sunbury consolidation will save $236,000, or 36 percent.
The current Shamokin and Selinsgrove sites are located within a 30-minute drive time of the new Sunbury CareerLink center at 225 Market St., Miller said, and 135,000 people will have access to the services — a substantial increase.
However, she did say that a study has shown that 5,000 people do not have access to transportation to the new site in Sunbury.
The Sunbury location comes with 97 available parking spaces, with 48 free spaces, an additional four handicapped accessible spaces, and 45 permitted spaces for staff. There are also 150 metered parking spaces in the vicinity, she counted.
The lease is for two years at the same price, with the option for an additional three years, at a no more than 3 percent increase.
Personnel cuts, Miller said, will depend on what happens with funding.