Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Buys Office Building in Downtown Baltimore
- Feb 17, 2015
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake recently purchased a new building in downtown Baltimore. The acquisition is part of the workforce development agency’s plan to expand the number and quality of services it provides to unemployed and underemployed residents of Baltimore.
The new building is located at 32 South Street, less than a block away from Goodwill’s headquarters, at 222 East Redwood Street. It is a five-story structure comprising 32,000 square feet of space. 32 South Street includes 97 offices in addition to a number of conference rooms and classrooms as well as underground parking. The property was last renovated in 1999.
Goodwill did not announce how much it paid to acquire the asset. 32 South Street will allow the workforce agency to expand its program offerings and provide much needed job training and placement services to those with barriers to employment, those dependent on government assistance and those recently released from the prison system.
Each year, Goodwill provides services to more than 39,500 people and helps almost 2,500 individuals find new jobs. Lisa Rusyniak, the agency’s president and CEO, called the deal an “ideal opportunity” as real estate is currently difficult to obtain in downtown Baltimore. In a news release, she said that the new building’s close proximity to Goodwill’s headquarters will give participants to the agency’s programs access to all the services it provides, which are typically successive and interdependent.
Photo credit: Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake