After sitting vacant for more than two years, the two 800-square-foot buildings in front of Walgreens in Grass Valley have been leased.
Goodwill Industries is taking over both spaces for one of its Donation Xpress locations.
“Typically, Donation Xpress sites don’t sell items,” said Dinorah Curkendall, the executive assistant to the CEO of Goodwill Sacramento. “We’re trying something new with this site. We will be accepting donations in one of the spaces and selling furniture in the other.”
Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty Realtors Jon Blinder and Tyson Tucker represented the owner of the property in the lease negotiations, which were finalized in December.
“We believe that this successful negotiation is an indication that regional and national credit tenants are looking to locate in Nevada County,” Blinder said Tuesday. “We expect more of this kind of activity in the coming year based on a number of inquiries that we are pursuing.”
The two buildings have sat vacant since construction was completed in July 2011 after a series of issues had stalled the entire project at the corner of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way since 2008.
Developer Interra-Vision, working in association with Walgreens on stores across the nation, had agreed to add the two small buildings to improve the atmosphere for pedestrians and small businesses. The changes came after pressure from community leaders and the Grass Valley City Council.
Contractors broke ground on the 14,550-square-foot Walgreens building in August 2008, and it was originally scheduled to open in spring 2009. Weather delays and financing troubles for the lead contractor pushed the project off track numerous times.
Construction stalled again in January 2010, and by March of that year, subcontractors filed eight liens against Interra-Vision totaling almost $500,000.
The numerous delays meant that proposed leases on the two small buildings — for a Little Caesar’s pizza franchise and a sandwich shop — were scuttled in 2009, according to earlier reports in The Union.
Walgreens finally opened its doors in late 2011.
Goodwill Industries currently is modifying the two spaces, and Curkendall said it is shooting for an opening date at the end of March.
Curkendall described Donation Xpress locations as “quick, stop and go places with easy access,” with an attendant present so that donors can swing in and quickly drop off goods without even going into the store.
The hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., giving donors time to drop off items after work, she added.
“We are open to adding other items for sale, but for now the plan is just to sell furniture,” Curkendall said.
The location is currently hiring, and applications can be completed online at www.goodwillsacto.org.
‘We’re really excited to bring our mission of job training to Grass Valley,” Curkendall said.
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