Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, a mental health services agency, is purchasing an industrial building and parking lot across Bainbridge Street near its Dayton headquarters, with plans to create a center for job training there, agency leaders announced Monday evening.
Dayton-based Eastway Behavioral Healthcare has already announced an investment of about $500,000 into remaking its 600 Wayne Ave. headquarters and pharmacy — and agency leaders announced their plans for the Bainbridge property Monday at a 60th anniversary celebration at the Victoria Theatre.
Together, the refurbishing of the headquarters and the purchase of the Bainbridge property amount to a total investment of about $1 million, Eastway officers said.
Krystal Burke, Eastway director of business development, said she recently approached the owner of the property about the possibility of leasing some of his parking spaces to Eastway. Instead, he offered to sell the entire site, including the building where a printing and packing business had been located for decades, Burke said.
The business was Print Products Inc., 419 Bainbridge.
“It’s a very attractive building on the inside,” Burke said. “There were a lot of upgrades.”
She added: “I told John (Strahm, Eastway president and chief executive), ‘Just hear me out. I think I stumbled on a really great opportunity.’”
One of Ohio’s largest mental health care agencies, Eastway in recent months has expanded its service footprint to include Columbus and Washington Court House, even serving clients nationally from as far away as Idaho.
“Our message to the Dayton community, although we have expanded our catchment areas to Columbus … our primary commitment for 60 years has been serving the needs of these people in Dayton.”
In the past decade, the agency’s revenue has nearly doubled, from $16 million annually in 2007 to an expected $30 million in this fiscal year, Eastway leaders said.
“It’s planned growth,” Burke said. “It’s not just to see how big or how fast we can grow.”
Each year, the agency treat 3,500 adults in Dayton. The agency manages 24 facilities across mostly Southern and Central Ohio.