Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Construction underway for Venture Commerce Center in Fairfield - Half of the 28 Commercial Condo's Sold

Article Last Updated: Monday, Oct 24, 2005 - 11:46:09 pm PDT

Construction underway for Venture Commerce Center

By Christine Cubé

- Half of the 28 privately owned commercial properties under construction in the Green Valley Corporate Park - as part of the new Venture Commerce Center - already are in contract for sale.

The center is the first development project in Solano County for Marin County-based Venture Corp.

The developer builds privately owned commercial buildings for small companies. Its concept of commercial structures for businesses to own has met success throughout the state, Venture Corp. said, in a release.

Like other Venture Commerce Centers, the Fairfield properties allow businesses to own, rather than lease, their space. That allows business owners to take advantage of property appreciation and the tax benefits of owning real estate.

Venture Corp. president Robert Eves said each center serves business owners who want to “control their own destinies and are tired of making their landlords rich.”

“There are other factors beyond the economics, however, that make ownership enticing for small business owners and that is quality of life,” Eves said, in a release. “By owning a business closer to their homes, business owners cut down on their commute time and increase family time. The quality of life aspect is making these decisions that much easier for forward thinking business people.”

Typical buyers into this commercial condo-type structure include engineering and law firms, contractors and laboratories, technology enterprises and brokerage and service companies.

The building architecture is Class-A commercial office design, constructed of steel-reinforced raised concrete panels. Offices are fully carpeted and equipped with a panelized ceiling system with integrated lighting and heating and air conditioning systems.

In Fairfield, Venture Commerce Center includes four separate buildings, ranging in size from 1,441 square feet to 3,319 square feet. The facility will be ready for occupancy in February.

For more information, visit www.venturecommercecenter.com.

Goodwill re-opens Dixon retail store

DIXON - Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay is grandly re-opening its Dixon Goodwill store on Thursday.

The store has been completely redesigned and Goodwill officials plan to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon.

John Latchford, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater East Bay, said the group is excited about the revitalization of the Dixon location.

“We are continually working to build a stronger presence in the community and believe our plans to redesign our stores, which are sites where we provide hands-on job training to those in need, will help us raise more funding to help more community members,” Latchford added, in a release.

Goodwill supports community-based workforce development programs through revenue generated in retail stores throughout Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

“Business Matters” is a column that runs Tuesdays and Fridays, focusing on Solano County business affairs. If you know of a newsworthy item or event, please e-mail ccube@dailyrepublic.net. Please be sure to include a contact name and daytime phone number.

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