BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., is planning to relocate from Colorado Springs to 6500 S. Greenwood Plaza Boulevard in Greenwood Village. After approval, their new 2-story 25,000-square foot building will be constructed on 1.9 acres of vacant land in the city’s village center area. The property is presently owned by the John Madden Development Company and valued at $1.7 million.
In its proposal for the new building, JA described the primary use of the property as “educational, serving up to 150 middle school or high school students per day during the school year. Students will be bussed from their school to the site midmorning and will depart by bus back to their school in the early afternoon.”
The planned building includes a 7,000-square foot experiential education space, a 2,000 square-foot auditorium that could also be used for outside corporate and community events, and office space for eight to ten employees.
The goal of JA, a global not-for-profit, is to “empower young people to own their economic success through volunteer-delivered programs which give them knowledge/skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.” They accomplish their mission by partnering with businesses to “train 6,000 volunteers (worldwide) to teach students through relevant, responsive, innovative programs in nearly 600 participating schools.” JA’s members “reached approximately 4.8 million elementary through post-secondary students during the year ended June 30, 2018.” The overall organization has a budget of $25 million.
The project is currently being reviewed by case planner David French in the GV community development department, (email: email@example.com) and has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing.
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