Violet Township officials didn't have to look long -- or far -- to find a buyer for the township's former administrative office building.

Through a $575,000 deal finalized Nov. 19, the Goddard School has purchased Violet Township's former government headquarters at 12970 Rustic Drive.

The sale will enable Goddard, which has operated a private preschool and day care center for more than 20 years at 12916 Stonecreek Drive NW, across the street from the former administrative office building, to expand locally.

"We've witnessed an increase in need for additional quality child care in our area, and since our current location is at capacity, we wanted more families to have the opportunity to experience the Goddard School curriculum," said Wanda Hunter, on-site owner for the Goddard School of Pickerington.

"As we researched expanding our current building, Violet Township informed us they would be vacating and selling their municipal building.

"Our goal is to continue to serve the needs of our community and provide a high-quality early-childhood education program to more families in the area."

The Goddard School's current Pickerington facility was built in 1999 and is roughly 8,000 square feet, according to the Fairfield County Auditor's Office. It serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old.

The former township office building was built in 1998 and is approximately 3,703 square feet, according to the county auditor's office.

Hunter said the Goddard School would transform the former township building into an early childhood education center.

"Pending township approval, construction and licensing, we're aiming for a midspring 2020 opening date," she said. "We will move our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and school-aged programs to the new location."

Violet Township development director Holly Mattei said the township put the former municipal building on the market in June.

On July 27, the township moved its headquarters to the Wigwam, 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road NW, a 63-acre retreat that houses 26 buildings the township purchased for $2.7 million in July 2018.

According to county records, the township purchased the former municipal building for $350,000 in 1998.

"We had a significant amount of interest in the (former office) property," Mattei said. "There is a high demand for small office space in Violet Township. So it didn't surprise me that there was a lot of interest and that we received full asking price."

In addition to receiving asking price, Mattei said, township officials were pleased the sale could benefit a Violet Township business.

"We love to hear of businesses that are thriving in the township and need space to expand," she said.

"The Rustic Drive property has provided the Goddard School Pickerington an opportunity to increase its business footprint, which will create new jobs and also increase the availability of child care services to residents in the township."

Mattei said revenue from the sale will go into the township's general fund, which is used for day-to-day operations, including staff salaries.

In addition to its office space, the Goddard School will receive the 30 off-street parking spaces and 0.853 acres of land that come with the property.

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