Non-profit buys Racine building for $1.3 million

Racine-based Career Industries, a non-profit organization that assists disabled individuals, including employment doing subcontracting work for business customers, announced today that it plans to purchase a 55,000-square-foot building for $1.3 million.

The building is located in the Westgage Mall at Washington Avenue and Ohio Street in Racine.

Career Industries, currently located at 3502 Douglas Ave., Racine, will remodel the Westgate Mall building and will more there by the end of the year.

“After 12 years, we’ve outgrown our current Douglas Avenue location where we currently serve about 225 participants,” said Careers Industries executive director Joe Greene. “There is growing demand in our community for services for and by persons with disabilities. We cannot continue to provide opportunities for our participants or serve area businesses that need their work assistance at our present location.”

Johnson Bank will finance $2.5 million of the project’s total estimated $3.2 million purchase and remodeling costs. Saab Design LLC provide architecture and general contractor services. 

Careers Industries has put its current 25,000 square-foot property located at 3502 Douglas Ave. up for sale and plans a small capital campaign.

“We believe our new location will help both the Racine community and our participants fulfill their unlimited potential,” Greene said.  “We’ll also re-energize a struggling corner of town with over 400 participants, staff and caregivers, coming and going daily.”

In addition to its current Racine location, Careers Industries also has Burlington site and serves a total of 350 participants and employs 70 staff in southeastern Wisconsin.

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