Goodwill moving offices to GoG Road
According to schedule, by mid-2012 only presence left in Old Town will be retail store
Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs, which opened in the 2300 block of West Colorado Avenue 50 years ago and has expanded ever since, plans to relocate to
a vacant office/warehouse complex it is buying off Garden of the Gods Road.
After the anticipated closing in early April, the move will occur in phases through mid-2012, according to Goodwill spokesperson Laura Marth. “We're excited about the opportunity,” she said.
The move will vacate multiple buildings the nonprofit entity owns on both sides of the 2300 block, including the processing center and product warehouse for donated items, the worker training facility and administrative offices.
Marth said one Goodwill presence will “definitely” remain there - the retail store at 2304. That building, originally one of the early Safeways, is in the midst of an inside-and-out renovation that is reorganizing space and adding a coffee bar, mattress area, electronics section and a computer station, she said.
Also relocating to Garden of the Gods Road will be Goodwill offices and activity centers in other parts of Colorado Springs, including a recreation center for the severely disabled at 528 W. Colorado Ave.
All told, Goodwill now uses 48,000 square feet throughout the city, Marth said.
The new complex at 1460 W. Garden of the Gods Road, which formerly housed ITT, has a total of 100,930 square feet on 7.75 acres. It was built in 1999. “We're looking to consolidate our office space,” she explained. “Right now we're leasing space throughout the city.” Regarding the 2300 block, “Goodwill has been here 50 years and it's grown immensely. But the buildings obviously have not grown.”
Marth said Goodwill “is still looking at options” for the buildings it will be vacating in the 2300 block.
She added that the decision for the move involved discussions with all its “stakeholders” (people and entities that it serves or does business with).
With close to 1,000 employees, Goodwill serves about 70,000 area people through its programs for job-seekers, people with disabilities, older adults, single mothers and families. The Goodwill mission is to help people become personally and financially independent.
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