The new Linn County Public Health and Child and Youth Development Services Building is a multi-use 63,000-square-foot facility with the potential for future expansion on a 90,000-square-foot site in southeast Cedar Rapids just beyond downtown and outside of the NewBohemia, Czech and medical districts in a largely residential neighborhood.
The previous building, which also housed both departments, was approximately 14,800 square feet, lacked natural light, privacy, sound control, privacy for public clients, adequate classroom and storage space, and was in dire need of basic maintenance such as roof repairs that caused leaking into office and childcare areas. Because the building was used by both the departments of public health and child and youth development, programming for the new facility included a diverse mix of classroom and childcare spaces, offices, meeting rooms, clinics, and lab.
The Department of Child and Youth Development Services offers childcare and preschool to the county’s underserved, in-need population. It is also open to those students who for behavior reasons are not permitted to attend public schools. All services are paid for by the county. This portion of the building includes three preschool/ daycare classrooms and as well as a large motor skill multi-function space.