Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired Expands Phoenix Offices in Arcadia Gateway Center

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix negotiated an office lease expansion and renewal on behalf of the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (“SAAVI”) in Arcadia Gateway Center at 4222 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix. SAAVI renewed an existing 6,450-square-foot space and expanded with an additional 5,781 square feet, totaling 12,231 square feet for a term of 68-months.


Greg Hopley, executive vice president with Colliers’ Scottsdale office, represented SAAVI. The landlord, Arcadia Business Center, LLC of Newport Beach, California, was represented by Tim Whittemore and Curtis Chickerneo of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona.


“It was a privilege to work with an organization that provides such valuable support, services and resources to visually impaired members of our communities,” said Hopley.


“SAAVI has a rich history of serving blind Arizonans for more than 50 years,” said Michael Gordon, CEO of SAAVI. “Since our initial expansion into Phoenix in 2012, we have broadened our services throughout Maricopa County, resulting in the need to almost double our existing Phoenix office space.”


Established in 1964, SAAVI serves over 2,000 clients each year through its Arizona offices in Tucson, where it is headquartered, and in Phoenix and Yuma. Formed by two sisters to provide services to visually impaired individuals, SAAVI has made innovative changes in the past 50 years with the mission of providing dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.


SAAVI provides comprehensive rehabilitation, counseling, and training programs for blind and visually impaired youth, adults and seniors. Youth and young adult services include a “Ready, Set, Go Camp” for K-8 grade, a six-week residential Transition Camp for students grades 9-12, and a post high school “Steppin Out” residential program designed to prepare blind and visually impaired students for higher education or employment.


Adult services include adjustment to blindness counseling and support groups; training in daily living skills; access technology training; Braille classes; orientation and mobility training; academic programing; supported education for college students; career exploration; job readiness, placement and retention; health and wellness; and adaptive sports. SAAVI’s Independent Living program is designed to provide seniors with the skills and confidence to remain independent. Both center-based and in-home training services are provided throughout Arizona.


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