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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Buckeye Ranch Moving to New HQ, Consolidating 270 Employees


The Buckeye Ranch is moving its headquarters, foundation and several support services to a new site.

The mental health nonprofit is headed to the 80,000-square-foot former PNC Bank call center at 4653 E. Main St. in Whitehall. The move will consolidate 270 employees and $13.5 million in payroll as the organization centralizes services from three offices in one place.

"We’re trying to be more efficient and be in a location where people we are serving have easy access to our services,” Buckeye Ranch CEO Vickie Thompson-Sandy said. ”We’ve been growing over the past several years and serving more people so we are strategically trying to position ourselves so the continuum of services is more robust."

The new site will centralize Buckeye Ranch’s admissions and engagement and community-based services, including same-day access, medication management, functional family therapy and other therapeutic services. Its special Somali support program will be housed there, in addition to permanent family solutions, foster care services, and its headquarters and back-office functions.

Buckeye Ranch bought the building for $1.45 million in July, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s website. It’ll put about $1 million into renovations, including a new roof and redesign of some of the interior space for offices, therapy and visitation services, Thompson-Sandy said.

These services today are housed at its Rosemont School Center at 2440 Dawnlight Ave., in an office at 697 E. Broad St., both in Columbus, and at another campus at 5665 Hoover Road in Grove City. The organization will close the Rosemont site and reduce its Broad Street footprint, while backfilling the Grove City space with more services, Thompson-Sandy said.

"Being more central is very helpful for our people," Thompson-Sandy said. "This space is also much larger than anything we have today."

PNC shut the center down last summer as part of a transition to work-from-home business that affected 350 employees.

Julie Sabroff and Diana Whisenant of Hanna Commercial Real Estate have been marketing the 5.2-acre property for sale since then.

Founded in 1961 as a treatment center, Buckeye Ranch has gradually expanded its emotional, behavioral and mental health services. Today it’s got 530 employees at six sites in Central Ohio with another in Cincinnati, serving 5,000 children and families a year. It reported $46.6 million in revenue and $46.8 million in expenses last year, according to its 2018 annual report.

This story originally appeared in Columbus Business First.

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