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United Way of Alamance County Unveils New Downtown Offices

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She walked the length of a hallway and opened a door, revealing a huge loft with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and glass-enclosed offices.

“Isn’t this cool?” she said. “Do you feel like you are in downtown Burlington? Maybe this is the new downtown Burlington.”

After about three years of searching for a new space, the United Way found it last August at 220 E. Front St.

The headquarters are in what was Redefinery & Co., a tapas restaurant and bar that opened in 2016 and closed in 2017. The United Way paid $330,000 for the building, which originally was listed for $375,000. The agency paid for the building through an endowment.

The space spans about 5,000 square feet. The United Way moved from its offices on Hermitage Road, where it had been since the 1990s, that were only about 1,800 square feet.

Foy-Workman Construction of Burlington did some renovations on the new space, but Norwick said its former owner, Joe Coffey, sold the building in excellent shape. The second floor even has a full bath with a shower and tub — a hint that apartments might have been planned for the second floor.

The United Way will hold a ribbon cutting and open house from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. In the meantime, Norwick and her staff have moved in in full force.

A large first-floor meeting room seats more than 30 people. It includes three large-screen televisions along with a mini-kitchen.

On Wednesday morning, representatives from 26 local nonprofits attended a workshop on grants. In the afternoon, volunteers with the agency’s tax assistance program were there for training.

“We’ve done this program for four years, but not in our own space,” Norwick said. “We did it at Goodwill or Alamance Community College, and now we have the technology and the space to do it here.”

Reporter Bill Cresenzo can be reached at bcresenzo@thetimesnews.com or 336-506-3041. Follow him on Twitter at @BillCresenzoTN.