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Non-profit group buys warehouse to expand service, will hire vendors & GC

Highlighted in blue is the warehouse property in northwest Orlando bought by educational non-profit group Attain, Inc., where it plans to expand its operations.
Highlighted in blue is the warehouse property in northwest Orlando bought by educational non-profit group Attain, Inc., where it plans to expand its operations. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Attain, Inc., a local charitable non-profit that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities, paid $668,250 on Jan. 28 for a new warehouse in northwest Orlando where it can expand its footprint by a third, and will hire a variety of vendors and general contractor in the coming months to prepare the building, the group's executive director told GrowthSpotter.

Operating in Orlando for more than 20 years, Attain provides school service for special needs children, day-training courses for adults and residential services to people with disabilities, boasting a staff of more than 200 overall.

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The non-profit has been leasing a converted warehouse at 2710 Staten Road with 6,400 square feet, located southwest of the Silver Star Road-N. Orange Blossom Trail intersection.

Its purchase last week of a 0.63-acre parcel just across the street (2463 Regent St.) will provide a 9,000-square-foot warehouse with air-conditioned space.

"We hope to occupy that air-conditioned space very soon, keep some of the warehouse space for storage and then do future buildout of the warehouse to maximize use," said Craig A. Cook, executive director.

Cook would like Attain to be operating in the new building within 60 to 90 days, but before that he'll need to hire vendors to install a video security system, electronic access control for doors, update the interior and exterior surfaces with paint, and seal the property's asphalt parking lot.

Attain would then hire a general contractor after move-in to plan and conduct the first stage of interior buildout, Cook said.

Attain acquired a $536,000 loan from First Green Bank to help finance the property acquisition and development.

"Non-profits are part of their mission at (First Green), I talked with their vice president of commercial lending and this was clearly right up their alley," Cook said.

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