Community Services Building of Linn County

Now Open
In another sign of progress, Linn County is pleased to announce that the new Community Services Building of Linn County is now open. Located at 1240 26th Ave. Court SW in Cedar Rapids, the Community Services Building is Linn County’s first new construction project to open following the 2008 flood and houses many of the county’s human services departments. The building opened in August 2011. A ribbon-cutting and open house was held October 12, 2011. Watch the ribbon-cutting video.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is dedicating the Community Services Building in honor of former Iowa Governor Chet Culver for his dedication and assistance in securing I-JOBS funding to help construct the building.

Departments in the Building
The Community Services Building of Linn County promotes efficiency in government by bringing together departments that were in four separate locations prior to the 2008 flood.

Linn County departments located in the Community Services Building include:
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • General Assistance
  • Home Health
  • Information Technology
  • Linn County Community Services - Core Services / Administration
  • Linn County Community Services - Core Services / Fiscal
  • Linn County De-categorization / Early Childhood - Iowa (formerly Empowerment)
  • Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MHDD)
  • Options of Linn County
  • Safe Havens Family Visitation Center
  • Veteran Affairs

Options & Witwer Buildings
The former Options of Linn County building was damaged beyond repair by the 2008 flood and has been demolished. Linn County owns the land where the building was located. Approximately 70% of the former Options building was recycled during demolition. Options works with community businesses to provide employment services to more than 350 adults with disabilities annually.

Prior to the flood, Linn County Community Services was located in the Witwer Building in downtown Cedar Rapids. Linn County sold the Witwer Building in 2010.

LEED Certification
The Community Services Building of Linn County will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification standards, an internationally recognized green building certification system. It is home to three distinct areas of public art.

By the Numbers
  • Total Cost: $16.3 million
  • LEED Certification: Silver
  • Architect: OPN Architects
  • General Contractor: Miron Construction
  • Square Footage: 97,000 square feet (two stories)
  • Funding Sources
    • $9 million FEMA
    • $5 million I-JOBS
    • $2.3 million Linn County Disaster Recovery Bonds