Easter Seals to move area HQ to West Allis

Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, the local affiliate of Easter Seals Inc., will move its headquarters from South Milwaukee and its child development center from Milwaukee to the former CU Fleet Building at 2222 S. 114th St. in West Allis, the organization announced Wednesday.

Easter Seals closed on its purchase of the 25,000-square-foot building earlier this week.

The organization will move its administrative offices and its adult day program from 1016 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee, and its child development center at North 53rd Street and Burleigh Street in Milwaukee, to the West Allis building.

East Seals purchased the building from Guardian Credit Union. No purchase price was disclosed but the building is “valued at” $1.8 million, Easter Seals spokeswoman Vicki Hastings said. PNC Bank provided Easter Seals with the financing to make the building purchase, she said.

Easter Seals will move 80 employees from Milwaukee and South Milwaukee to the West Allis building. The organization has hired Waukesha-based Joseph Luterbach Construction Co. Inc. to do $600,000 in remodeling work to prepare the building for Easter Seals office space and program needs.

Easter Seals plans to move into the space in early 2013, Hastings said.

Combining the two locations into one will result in greater efficiencies and reduce annual costs by more than $100,000, according to the organization.

“We are bringing together our services in Milwaukee County that serve individuals from their first steps to last steps in life, and continue to deepen our commitment to community-based services,” said Robert Glowacki, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin. “The synergy created by combining two locations into one new resource will help us move closer to an intergenerational shared site.”

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