Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake Inc. has selected Baltimore Gateway, a five-story, 100,000 square foot commercial office building at 3700 Koppers St. in Baltimore as the site of its new headquarters.
The nonprofit organization signed a lease with St. John Properties Inc. for 14,662 square feet of space and plans to move 40 employees from its existing location at 222 E. Redwood St. to the site overlooking Interstate 95 by this October.
Michael Tait of St. John Properties represented the landlord and the client was self-represented in this transaction.
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake provides job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. Last year, Goodwill provided employment services to more than 2,500 individuals.
Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods helps fund these programs. The organization has operated within Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore for more than 100 years.
The Baltimore Gateway location will house most of Goodwill Industries’ administrative and leadership team, with its former location at 222 E. Redwood St. slated to be transformed into The Excel Center. This tuition-free public high school, opening in 2023, is designed for adults 21 years of age and older, and will provide competency-based high school curriculum with embedded job training.
St. John Properties executed a top-to-bottom renovation of the property, that included a complete modernization of the lobby and common areas, the installation of a new HVAC system, energy-efficient windows and three new high-speed elevators, as well as a state-of-the-art tenant fitness center. The $8 million investment also included the construction of a new LED pylon sign with 200-square-foot message board that is visible to the more than 200,000 vehicles that pass the site on a daily basis. Baltimore Gateway earned LEED Gold Core and Shell Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.