A few major factors impacted our decision for selling and moving out
of our 601 Valley Street location:
- Limited Accessibility: With its location along the Mercer corridor, the current building is a daily challenge for volunteers and staff to access due to traffic and ongoing construction that is projected through 2022. That, combined with parking limitations, restricts its use as a meeting site—we actually try to avoid bringing people to the Seattle office.
- Timing: The situation in the South Lake Union area is unique. We’ve been approached by interested potential buyers more and more over the last few years and relevant experts have assured us that the market is at a high point. That makes this an excellent time to utilize this asset to its best advantage for the council.
- Rent vs. Mortgage: At this point, the difference between rent and mortgage costs is nearly a wash—though we do see relative savings over a 60-month period, with the additional upside of avoiding costly upgrades to the 601 Valley Street property.
- Need for Collaborative Space: New space will positively impact Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s organizational culture. Our 601 Valley Street location is a “cube farm” spread across three floors. Staff, even teams, are physically divided. Our new space will be configured to better support our culture of collaborative and cross-team work.