SARA Headquarters Survey
The fate of our current location at 530 Douglas is uncertain, and we are looking to our residents to help us make important decisions about its future.
Why We Don't Want to Sell ...
Our office has been a neighborhood presence for 40 years, and it was a big deal when we purchased it.
We hold board meetings and small events there, but there could be potential for more.
Unlikely we could purchase or acquire another building in the future easily, because of expense and zoning. (Zoning limits where SARA can have an office.)
It's a place to store records and organization’s belongings
SARA needs a physical location in order to qualify for some sources of income (City of Kalamazoo)
Currently, it's our only source of income, but it could be used for additional community benefits and/or
Why We May Need To ...
The primary driver is resourcing — maintenance, insurance, utilities, liability, etc. cost time and money.
We haven't had an employee in over 5 years, so office space is largely unoccupied and not used.
Managing the rental unit is a lot of work, even with the compensation attached.
The rental is losing money and depleting organization funds, which may be put to better use elsewhere.
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