The previous Arc of Owensboro website at 731 Jackson St. will develop into the brand new residence of Buddies of Sinners.
Joe Welsh, FOS government director, mentioned the 2 nonprofits are anticipated to shut immediately, for the acquisition value of $250,000.
In response to the PVA’s information, the practically 2 acres containing two brick buildings — one 12,000 sq. ft and the opposite four,000 sq. ft — have an evaluation of $662,000.
Welsh mentioned the plan is to maneuver the lads’s remedy portion of FOS, which is now working out of three residential houses on Clay Avenue, to a extra spacious, centralized location.
“Logistically, it’s going to make our lives quite a bit simpler,” mentioned Welsh, who’s been on the helm of FOS since July 2015. “We’ll have higher places of work, higher school rooms, higher residing quarters for our purchasers and simply higher all the pieces that we do right here.”
FOS is an 18-month, Christian-based residential restoration program that started in August 2009. It treats each women and men at two totally different websites. In November 2017, FOS opened its ladies’s facility at 730 Triplett St. that it constructed from scratch for $300,000. With its 5 bedrooms and three baths, it could actually maintain as much as 12 ladies.
Now the group has turned its consideration to bringing its 36 males below one roof together with including actions that aren’t attainable with present house restrictions.
“These homes have served their goal for us,” Welsh mentioned. “There are some issues we need to do however aren’t in a position to right here equivalent to have church companies … have places of work for our Christian counselors and simply have the house to develop into every other ministry service we need to provide.”
Throughout a strategic planning assembly in 2018, Welsh mentioned the FOS board set a objective of getting a brand new males’s facility inside three to 5 years. And since then, the board has been weighing whether or not or to not fund new building or to purchase an current constructing.
However when Welsh came upon that the Arc property was a chance, he mentioned it turned clear that it was a perfect website and would meet many wants of FOS.
“I had been trying and praying about that constructing for the final 4 years,” mentioned Welsh, who pursued the property earlier than it went up on the market. “Nothing appeared to go proper so far as us getting the constructing. However God simply by no means let that constructing get bought to anybody else till it was the correct time for Buddies of Sinners.”
Arc of Owensboro, a nonprofit that serves individuals with disabilities, had operated out of the Jackson Avenue website.
And in February 2020, Arc moved its client-based companies from Jackson Avenue to the nonprofit’s bingo corridor at 3560 New Hartford Highway.
“We determined we might do all the pieces from one location,” mentioned Sally Phillips, Arc’s government director. “So it was actually only a monetary determination.”
In response to Phillips, the group had gone forwards and backwards about promoting the Jackson Avenue property earlier than placing it up on the market in November 2019.
“We had a few lookers; we had one critical looker however they backed off,” Phillips mentioned.
Phillips added that she is happy about promoting the property to FOS and that cash from the sale will go towards Arc facility enhancements of its personal.
“We’re very blissful that it’s going to a different nonprofit and that it’s going to learn individuals in our group,” Phillips mentioned. “With the deal that was labored out, it was helpful to them and it was helpful to us. Actually, it’s a win-win.”
As soon as FOS takes possession of the property, it’s going to start contemplating renovation prices.
Welsh mentioned the estimates will decide if the group must create a capital marketing campaign for the transform.
If that occurs, Jordan Wilson, FOS growth director, might be accountable for the fundraising duties.
“Will probably be asking individuals to go above and past,” Wilson mentioned. “The individuals of this group together with the church buildings are why we’re in a position to do what we do. So we’ll be counting on the identical individuals however we’re hoping to succeed in new individuals.”
Welsh’s objective is to have the lads’s facility moved to the Jackson Avenue website by the tip of the 12 months.
“We might transfer in tomorrow however the issues we now have to do are the loos,” Welsh mentioned. “The remainder of the stuff goes to be beauty. … So far as the bones, the construction is actually, actually stable.”
Don Wilkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 270-691-7299