WorkSource to move into Elliott Building

WorkSource is planning to move into the top floor of the recently renovated Elliott Building on West Wishkah Street sometime after the end of November.

WorkSource will leave its current location in the old Pay ‘n Pak building at 511 W. Heron St. to move a couple blocks north to the Elliott Building at 415 W. Wishkah St.

“We’re shrinking significantly,” said Ron Schmidt, project manager of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, on Monday, who added there have been a few layoffs in the state Employment Security Department portion of the operation, which is jointly run by the state agency and the council.

WorkSource’s new digs were renamed after the Elliott family when renovations on the former Aberdeen State Building were completed by owner Frank Franciscovich in 2011. Franciscovich is related to the Northwest pioneer family, which also lends its name to Elliott Bay.

During the renovation, Franciscovich added a staircase and grand entryway, in addition to smooth-sided cedar on the exterior. It also features about 40 classic black-and-white photographs from the Jones Photo Historical Collection and serigraphs from renowned local artist Elton Bennett dispersed throughout the interior of the building.

Franciscovich’s father constructed the original building in 1962 to house all of the state’s local agency offices. The latest renovation and expansion began in 2009 and was completed in 2011. WorkSource will fill a portion of the top floor that has been vacant since the renovation.

The move will save money for WorkSource, Schmidt said. The lease on WorkSource’s current building expires Nov. 30, “but I don’t believe we’ll be out of here by then … too many tenant improvements to resolve between now and then,” he wrote in email.

Schmidt wasn’t sure what would happen to the popular Veteran’s Administration van that visits the parking lot at WorkSource once a month to provide mobile medical services for veterans. “I told them to continue to stay in (the Heron) parking lot,” Schmidt said. “They’re dealing with the change through their own channels.”

The mailing address for the office will remain the same at P.O. Box 1136, Aberdeen WA 98520.


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