MANATEE -- Goodwill Industries Manasota Inc. won approval of its plans Thursday for a new $10 million corporate campus.
The Manatee County Commission unanimously approved rezoning 9.43 acres and a preliminary site plan for the Goodwill Corporate Campus at 2705 51st Ave. E.
Goodwill President Bob Rosinsky said the project will create about 60 new jobs over five years.
The 69,605-square-foot building will house Goodwill's administrative/educational center, a neighborhood retail store and a commercial outparcel, said attorney Will Robinson, who represented applicants John McKay and Ron Allen.
"It will be an employment generator," said Robinson.
The campus also will house an international training center for mission development, serving a program of Goodwill Manasota, said Rosinsky.
He estimated 60 to 80 people a year would come to the area for training.
The property is now a tree farm, according to county documents.
"I think this is a fabulous infill project," said County Commissioner Michael Gallen.
Commissioner Betsy Benac said: "It's very exciting to have the corporate headquarters here."
Construction is slated to begin this summer and be completed toward the end of next year, Rosinsky said.
The retail complex will include a 28,633-square-foot administration center, 35,972-square-foot neighborhood retail store and 5,000-square-foot outparcel, according to county documents.
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