Glendale Chamber of Commerce searches for smaller home

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce plans to move from its home of more than 40 years in an effort to shed the extra office space once needed for file cabinets and other pre-tech advances.

When the chamber moved into the 3,500-square-foot building at 200 S. Louise St. in 1968, there were no computers, so more space was needed for workers and file cabinets, said Judee Kendall, the chamber’s executive vice president.

Today, computers store information and work has been streamlined considerably, meaning fewer employees are needed. At one point, the chamber had 10 to 12 employees, Kendall said. Today, it has six.

“We have more space than we need,” Kendall said.

The organization has been considering a move for a long time, forming a committee five years ago to look at options. It recently recommended to the chamber’s executive committee that the building be sold.

The chamber has hired Charles Dunn Co. to coordinate the sale and search for a new site, Kendall said, adding that executive committee members would like to move closer to downtown for easier public access.

A survey has been conducted of available spaces in the city, she said, and the search for a new home will begin soon.

The chamber, founded in 1910, purchased the current building, which was built in 1949, from the Girl Scouts Council of Glendale. It was remodeled in the 1980s, Kendall said.


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