On Saturday, May 8, the Highland County Community Action Organization celebrated the grand opening of their new building located at 1300 Jefferson St. in Greenfield. (Photos by James Matticks.)
On Saturday, May 8, the Highland County Community Action Organization celebrated the grand opening of their new building located at 1300 Jefferson St. in Greenfield. (Photos by James Matticks.)
Courtesy of James Matticks

On Saturday, May 8, the Highland County Community Action Organization celebrated the grand opening of their new building located at 1300 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.

According to Executive Director Julie Wise, “The organization had been looking at different facilities to either renovate or build a new site for over 15 years.”

Unfortunately, none of the current facilities they were leasing were able to provide HCCAO the space or affordability that were needed to accommodate all their programs under one roof. In 2017, after sitting vacant for two-and-a-half years, the former department store building was acquired.

Converting a vacant building that had previously been a department store was a task that took many months of labor of local contractors to shape the more than 42,000 square feet of space into the vision Highland County Community Action pictured.

Wooden It Be Nice of Greenfield served as the general contractor for the project. According to the owner of WIBN Wesley Surritt, “The project took more than 29,000 man hours and used only local contractors on every scope of the project.”

Additionally, 5.25 miles of electrical wiring, 44,560 square feet or 46.8 tons of drywall, 113.4 tons of concrete, 37.8 tons of steel framing, 856 gallons of paint and 26,690 square feet of flooring were used.

Wise said the goal for HCCAO was to combine three different facilities that had been operated for many decades in the village of Greenfield into one facility. She said the new facility is a “one stop” location that allows families to bring their children to Head Start while seeking assistance from WIC and outreach or seek employment and training through the Ohio Means Jobs. Additionally, HCCAO will prepare over 150 home delivered meals to seniors throughout the county and the new facility has a central conference room that local organizations can utilize for meetings.

HCCAO currently occupies roughly 23,000 square feet of space with an additional 10,000 square feet still available for lease. For further information contact Julie Wise at 937-393-3458.

HCCAO would like to thank the following for all their hard work and dedication in achieving its goal: Merchants National Bank, Wooden It Be Nice, Greystone, Weller's Plumbing & Heating, Pat and Elaine Hays, Greenfield Rotary Club and all the local subcontractors.