First and foremost, we need to be where the girls are. Through member surveys, community mapping and other data, we have sought to determine where girls and families, as well as volunteers, are, so that we can provide equitable access to opportunities our council.
In September we placed the DuPont Program Center on the market in order to relocate to a program center further north and one south to provide easier access to membership for program and retail store needs. This area is unfortunately not our demographic of family neighborhoods. We are excited to keep the building in the family!
The letter of intent has been brought to us by a multi-generational Girl Scout family with a local Bellevue business. In April we moved our headquarters from the most congested area of South Lake Union to a more accessible building in Georgetown in proximity to Rainier Beach, South Seattle and West Seattle in order to serve our membership and staff better. Our regional offices are the best example of what it means to grow and change with our surroundings.
Where will we go? This summer we are opening our newest satellite program center and retail store in Longview to serve the southern-most counties in our council. Anyone who knows and loves Girl Scouts, knows that the heart of what this organization wants is quite simple.
Our objective will be to move out and away from the I-5 JBLM traffic snarl closer to where our membership and community maps say our girls and their families reside. Many of you have seen us doing just that over the last four years, with our regional offices. In the coming weeks we will work through the terms of the Purchase and Sale agreement.
We have received a letter of intent and the Executive Committee of our Board of Directors has approved a move forward to sell the building in order to move to one or two more accessible locations. Our hope will be to find one or more flexible spaces with an attached retail store to suit our membership and staff. The area will have a similar feel to the South Lake Union — commercial, tech-work transformation.
If all goes well we will close a sale in Octoberbut we will continue to stay in the building until we find the perfect location for our girls, their families and our volunteers. We want to inspire girls to dream big, face their fears, rise above challenges, learn new skills and grow in ways they never imagined so that they can go out and change the world.
Our next strategic step is to relocate our Bellevue office from the transitioning BelRed Eastside corridor to a location that better suits our membership. This will be determined by our membership survey and the community mapping for our current and potential membership. Council Updates.