From October 22 through November 4, 2009, Linn County conducted a public input process to gather feedback from Linn County residents about their preferences on five options for a permanent location for Linn County’s Administrative Office Building (AOB - since renamed the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center). County offices and staff from the AOB have been operating out of temporary locations since the 2008 flood. The public input process included five open houses, an online survey and four focus groups.
The five options that were considered are:
• Returning to the Administrative Office Building as it was pre-flood
• Renovating, improving and expanding the Administrative Office Building
• Buying and renovating the Steve & Barry’s building at Westdale Mall for long-term use
• Buying and renovating the former Econofoods building on 51st St. NE in Cedar Rapids
• Co-location with the City of Cedar Rapids and/or school district in a yet-to-be-determined location.
On November 5, Linn County was informed by letter that the EconoFoods building was no longer available because of a pending sale. That the option remains a part of the report because it was a potential option during the public input process.
In all, 564 surveys were completed during the public input process for the Linn County Administrative Office Building. The results showed no clear-cut consensus for any one option. To see the results and written comments, click on the links below:
AOB Public Input Process - Open House Database
AOB Public Input Process - Employee Database
AOB Public Input Process - Web Survey Database
AOB Public Input Process - Total Database
AOB Public Input Process - Open House Results
AOB Public Input Process - Employee Open House Results
AOB Public Input Process - Total Results