TWINSBURG TWP. — The nonprofit organization Hattie Larlham has moved three of its departments from Twinsburg Township back to Portage County.
The Hattie Larlham Foundation, Executive Administration and Accounting/Finance offices reopened on Aug. 31 at the organization’s main campus, the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, located at 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua.
CEO Stephen Colecchi says the decision to vacate two of the three office suites Hattie Larlham had been leasing from the Humane Society of Summit County since 2010 was a cost-saving measure.
“The current lease at one of our office locations in Twinsburg Township expires in the near future,” Colecchi. “We recently made the decision not to renew that lease as part of our cost reduction initiatives.”
Colecchi said the rent and other operational savings will go toward Hattie Larlham’s services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham provides programs, services and support at approximately 100 locations throughout Northeast and Central Ohio, with 20 of those locations in Summit County, he said.
“Even with this decision, we will continue to have a strong presence in Summit County and Twinsburg including the Twinsburg Doggie Daycare and Boarding on Darrow Road, a work-training program for adults with disabilities, and the Twinsburg Constant Companions, our day program for adults with disabilities on Enterprise Parkway,” Colecchi said.
The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua is a 124-bed residential facility, according to Colecchi, who noted all of the offices being relocated were previously located at the Mantua location for more than 50 years before moving to Twinsburg in 2010, he said.
There is already room at the Mantua facility for these offices and the 20 people who work in them, Colecchi said. Hattie Larlham, with 1,100 employees, provides services to more than 1,700 individuals on an annual basis, he added.
“We remain focused and committed to continuing to have a major presence in Summit County and throughout the Northeast and Central Ohio regions,” he said.
Hattie Larlham will continue to lease the space its Doggy Daycare occupies from the Humane Society of Summit County, Colecchi said.
Twinsburg Township Manager Rob Kagler said as the Humane Society of Summit County looks for a new tenant, the township will do what it can to help.
“The township tries to become aware whenever there are vacancies,” he said. “And then whenever the township is contacted by people looking for space, we can forward those leads on to the landlords.”
Reporter Steve Wiandt, can be reached at 330-541-9420, firstname.lastname@example.org or @SteveWiandt_RPC.