Goodwill sets GoG admin move date
Retail store, donation/processing center to remain in 2300 block of avenue
Starting March 9 and continuing through early May, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs will relocate to its new facility at 1460 Garden of the Gods Road. The administrative offices, which have been in the 2300 block of West Colorado Avenue since the mid-1950s, will be part of that - their planned moving
days are March 16-18.
The goal is to consolidate operations - Goodwill is now at six locations around the city - as well as to provide room for expansion. They will occur in phases and primarily on weekends “to avoid disruptions to programs and operations,” according to Goodwill spokesperson Bradd Hafer.
Goodwill's retail center at 2304 W. Colorado Ave. and donation/processing center at 2307 W. Colorado will remain where they are, at least for now.
The nonprofit agency's main phone number will remain unchanged: 635-4483 (GIVE).
A major new expansion, unveiled last week at the Garden of the Gods facility, is the Possibilities program, which provides a life-like “town square” job training setting for Goodwill clients with “intellectual, physical and social disadvantages,” Hafer said. Funded through a $1 million gift from the Daniels Fund, the 14,000-square-foot square includes a bank, community center, health center, art center and apartment and can be used by up to 330 participants a day.
Goodwill purchased the 101,000-square-foot facility last spring. It is trying to sell its Westside parcels, which take up about 141,000 square feet along parts of the 2300 block on Colorado Avenue, Cucharras Street and Pikes Peak Avenue.
According to Hafer, Goodwill had considered fixing up those buildings. However, “given the age, condition and configuration of the West Colorado Avenue properties, it would have cost as much, if not more, to renovate these facilities than to lease/purchase another property with the size and structure required to achieve our operations and programs consolidation and expansion plans,” he said.
Emptying the administration offices (on the north side of the avenue's 2300 block) does not mean that neglect will follow. “Goodwill will maintain a presence in all our facilities until they are sold - including staffing, maintaining utilities, managing security and providing other operational functions,” Hafer said.
The plan is for the retail store and processing center to continue operating where they are “until final sale of the properties,” Hafer said. “There is a possibility that the West retail center will remain [in its current location] for the long haul-if the property buyer decides to parcel it out from the real estate transaction…. In the event that the West retail center is purchased along with the other properties, Goodwill intends to maintain a retail presence in or near Old Colorado City.”
Westside Pioneer/press release