Plans are in motion to begin phase two of Goodwill’s Augusta Career Center in the Village West shopping center, according to president and CEO James Stiff.
The next phase includes the construction of the Helms Career Institute, a conference center, culinary school and Edgar’s restaurant. The entire project is estimated to cost $13 million, and Stiff said Goodwill plans to raise half of the money and take a loan out for the rest.
Goodwill has already raised $4.8 million.
Stiff said the bid process will be completed by the end of the year, and construction should begin Jan. 15.
All tenants in the shopping center except Weinbergers, School Days and Social will be out of their space by Jan. 7. Those three businesses will remain in the shopping center.
The first phase, completed last year, included the Goodwill retail store and Job Connection facility. It created 60 jobs and several training positions. The second phase will create 75 jobs, many of those positions being in higher education and administration.