As historic tax credit laws swiftly changed in December 2017, the owner of the warehouse, Spy Rock Real Estate Group, had to accelerate their timeline in order to start construction within six months of the tax reform that was passed in December 2017. The developer is set to start construction in June 2018 to transform the warehouse into affordable housing.
“This leaves us in a tough spot, but we are problem solvers,” said Chief Operations Officer, Karen O’Brien “We’re hard at work looking for a temporary space and we could use the community’s help.”
A move was already in the future for CARITAS, with a 150,000 square-foot center already under demolition on the Jefferson Davis Corridor. Here, CARITAS would move its Furniture Bank, Works program, Emergency Shelter, add a new recovery program for women and 47 sober-living apartments. Known as the CARITAS Center, the building is a long-time vision for the organization and its board.
“We are anxious to provide all of the solutions to homelessness and addiction under one roof in the CARITAS Center,” CEO Karen Stanley said. “Affordable housing is important for the community and we’re glad to see that going in the warehouse space we leased for nearly 10 years, but now we need a home so we can keep serving our neighbors in need before the CARITAS Center opens.”
The Center is set to open in late 2019 with construction starting this spring. It’s not soon enough to handle the urgent need for space.
CARITAS is seeking a building with the following specifications:
- 40,000+ sq ft of warehouse space
- 3,000-4,000 sq ft of office/classroom space in proximity or on-site
- Walking distance to The Healing Place at 700 Dinwiddie Avenue
- 2 or more Loading docks
- CARITAS is also looking for 52-foot trailers to help with the move and for temporary storage. When the time comes to make the move, CARITAS will call on the community again to ensure the transition is efficient and smooth.
If anyone has a lead on a space, please contact Chief Operating Officer Karen O’Brien at (804) 887-1590.