BRADENTON -- Goodwill Manasota's board of directors voted last week to move forward with plans to create a corporate headquarters in Manatee County. The proposed facility is a 9.2-acre site at the northeast corner of 51st Avenue and U.S. 301 in unincorporated Manatee County.
According to Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, the master plan entails two buildings, including a nearly 27,000-square-foot facility to house a learning center, a Job Connection center, administrative offices, and a 35,866-square-foot retail store with a drive-thru donation center.
A 16,000-square-foot outparcel on 51st Avenue is included and remains available for future development. Goodwill Manasota has appointed Rick Fawley of Fawley Bryant Architects to design the complex.
"We'll work closely with Rick Fawley to design a state-of-the-art complex that uses space optimally and honors the principles of green and energy-efficient design," says Steve Boone, chair of Goodwill Manasota's board of directors. "We envision a range of game-changing green and eco-friendly initiatives, as well as electric car charging stations, bike and scooter parking, and SCAT and MCAT transit stations."
Rosinsky says that research on the project will continue to develop final costs and design work and may take up to two years to complete.
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