BRISTOL - The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and United Way of West Central Connecticut are preparing a joint move to a new location in downtown Bristol next week after about 12 years in their current building.
“Leases were signed today [Thursday] by both United Way and the Chambers of Commerce. We did it jointly and with two representatives from D’Amato Realty,” said Cindy Scoville, president and CEO of the chambers. “The new building is in the Executive Suites at 440 North Main St., above Tunxis. I look at it as the gateway to Bristol.”
D'Amato reached out to them, according to Donna Osuch, president and CPO of United Way. D'Amato had a space available and thought that these organizations would be a good fit.
“The move is cost neutral. We’re not paying a penny more. We are organizations that watch every penny that we spend, because what we do goes back into the communities,” Scoville said.
It took roughly a month to a month and half to finalize the plans and D’Amato Realty donated office furniture to the chamber and United Way, explained Scoville.
“D’Amato Realty bought 10 Main Street and they allowed us to go in there and pick out additional furniture if need be,” said Scoville. “ESPN and Letizia CPA Firm in Bristol also donated some furniture.”
“I sat down with Donna and we started to chat and we both agreed that we have just outgrown the purpose of this space,” Scoville said. “This building has been really good to us, but we just need a more modern work space. We needed the office privacy for the staff and a more conducive work environment.”
Scoville noted that she aims to do more training for chamber members and the training space in the current building isn’t sufficient.
“If I did training in there, it would disrupt the whole building. In the new building there will be two closed training areas,” Scoville added.
Osuch explained that United Way’s space at the current location is not handicapped accessible because there is no elevator. She added that the open nature of the current space would work if one organization was in this building, but is difficult with multiple organizations particularly when organizing board and confidential meetings.
“When United Way is going through the allocation process, we couldn’t have meetings here because it’s private and we need to talk about funding decisions and board members are voting on sensitive information,” Osuch said. “There is a room here in the current building that can be used for board meeting but it’s not handicapped accessible.”
Scoville explained that about 17 employees from both organizations will be moving and the process should be completed by July 17. Moving bins will be dropped off to the current location at 200 Main St. so they can pack their belongings before the movers arrive July 14.
“We are a team, we have been together for more years than I can remember and we complement each other,” Scoville said. “We will be able to share the moving costs, cleaning services and trash removal. Everything will be shared.”
Scoville and Osuch noted that both organizations will be reachable throughout the moving process and there will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration at the new location.
“We are very appreciative of our current landlord. They have been very good to us and the location has been great,” said Osuch. “We are also very grateful for D’Amato Realty and very excited to have them as our landlords.”
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