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Dearborn Goodwill Future Finally Settled October 13, 2010

Posted by Sean Tufts in Articles, Development, Retail News.
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The Seattle Goodwill site that has been the focus of redevelopment plans for over a decade finally has a path forward.  Goodwill has decided to move forward without any partners and will build their own building to house office, job training and other services.

Just a couple of years ago, ambitious plans were developed to build a mixed-use retail, office, multifamily project.  Ravenhurst Development finally walked away 18 months ago and the recession prevented any other developers from stepping forward, which forced Goodwill to go it alone.  Large retailers  including Target, Lowe’s and a major grocer were once rumored to be interested in the site.  The 10 acre site will be a significant improvement from the current condition but still leaves a lot of untapped potential for such a large in-city site.

The good news is the new operation will significantly improve the much needed services Goodwill provides to their customers.

The $8 million to $10 million building will expand Goodwill’s capacity for teaching and job training, and enable it to house all its administrative staff on site. Jurich said he expects the training center will double the number of people Goodwill can serve every year at this location.”

DJC has the report here.

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