Hundreds of community leaders, Goodwill Easter Seals officials and Goodwill clients celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for Goodwill’s $18 million community services campus just south of downtown.
Amy Luttrell, president and CEO of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, said Goodwill hopes to move into the 100,000 square-foot main building next summer, as construction is slated to be finished in July 2014.
Luttrell said the new facility will allow Goodwill to advance its mission.
“We are here to offer a hand up to people with a disability of some kind, or some other challenge in their lives … so they can work, live independently and participate in our great community,” she said.
Goodwill Easter Seals offers a variety of services, from job training, to adult day service for seniors, disability screening for children, medical equipment loans and more.
The three-story main building will sit at the corner of South Main and Lincoln Streets, between downtown Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital. About 125 employees will move from Goodwill’s Kuntz Road headquarters off Stanley Avenue to the new site, and Goodwill is committed to adding at least 50 new jobs over the next five years.
City officials pointed to other developments in that few-block area over the past few years — with the Daybreak youth shelter and Coco’s Bistro moving in, and the Marvin Gardens apartments undergoing major renovation.
“The transformation down here is already sort of amazing, and this just makes it more so,” Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan said. “You have asset-based development where you support your big anchors and you’re hopeful that more development occurs right around it.”