BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new Department of Social Services office in Cheektowaga.
The Erie County Department of Social Services' Child Protective Services, Children's Services and Adoption & Specialized Services units have completed their transition from their former space at 478 Main Street to the new offices at the Appletree Business Park.
"The offices at 478 Main Street were housed in a building nearly 100 years old and that was originally designed as a Hens & Kelly department store so accessibility was difficult, the equipment and office furniture was old, the building design was inefficient and the overall layout had too much wasted space," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. "The new space at Appletree is modern, has free parking, and has the communications infrastructure this department needs, all housed in a single-floor facility that is easy to reach from anywhere in Erie County."
The new 80,000 square foot space is home to 450 county employees. It includes training areas and a conference center.