Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that the DCF service center in Chanute, currently housed in the former State Hospital building at 1500 W. 7th St., will relocate to another location in Chanute in 2017. DCF clients will continue to be served at the 7th street location until that time.
At this time, DCF shares one building with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the Kansas Corporation Commission. Two buildings currently under construction at the intersection of Santa Fe and 21st streets will become the new location for these services in the fall of 2017.
“We understand the importance of our services, and the economic impact employers have on a community,” Secretary Gilmore said. “We have long enjoyed our relationship with the community of Chanute and are happy that arrangements have been made to continue that relationship.”
DCF currently employs 33 staff members in its Chanute office. The agency will be the sole occupant of one of the two buildings being constructed by the Kansa Development Corp. of Junction City.
The DCF building will be approximately 17,000 square feet in size. It will feature a large conference room and a training lab. A state-of-the-art video and alarm security system and greater energy efficiency are some of the other features of the new DCF service center.
“Our service centers are the face of the agency,” Secretary Gilmore said. “They set the tone for our employees and clients. We want them to be professional and uplifting environments.”
The two buildings will share a parking lot with space for about 135 cars.