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Atlanta: AIDS Groups Save Money With Move

July 7, 2003

Three Atlanta AIDS service organizations moved down the block from their old location in June and are predicting a resulting improvement in the quality of their services. Positive Impact, AIDS Survival Project, and AIDS Treatment Initiatives shared a 10-year lease in the six-story building on 159 Ralph McGill Blvd. After months of negotiation, the three groups traded their old lease for a smaller space two doors down at 139 Ralph McGill Blvd.

"We formed a legal partnership to operate and administer the 159 center," said Paul Plate, executive director of Positive Impact, of the deal inked in 2000. The three groups were bound by their lease to pay rent on the entire building at 159 Ralph McGill, and doing so put an escalating strain on their finances when the economy nose-dived two years ago, according to Jeff Graham, executive director of AIDS Survival Project. This brought an end to their plan of renting space to "a large number of organizations" at 159, Graham said. "As a result of the economic downturn, organizations, especially nonprofit ones, were hit hard and they were finding it hard to pay rent to us," Graham said. Things got even worse after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States: "the market just stopped," Plate said. "It was hard to find people to rent space in the 159 building at the rate we were paying, which was a reasonable rate at the time we negotiated the contract."

Graham and Plate are both elated by the move, they said. "The new facilities serve our purposes much better," Graham said. "We are now able to have all our services on one floor, whereas before, we were spread out on two floors. The new building has more of a converted loft warehouse feel. It's casual and homey, which I think people will be more comfortable with, as opposed to being in an office building atmosphere."

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Adapted from:
Southern Voice (Atlanta)
06.27.03; Van Gower

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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