CLEARWATER — Construction is to begin this summer on a $2.5-million environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building for the expanding Homeless Emergency Project, the county's oldest and largest provider of emergency housing and support services to homeless and low-income individuals and families.
The Clearwater architectural firm of Klar and Klar designed the two-story, 10,000-square-foot building. The project's current building at 1120 N Betty Lane will be demolished to make room for the structure. Construction is expected to take a year.
The ground floor will feature a reception area and offices for caseworkers and medical services, as well as a break room, said Steve Klar, who co-founded the architectural firm with his wife, Roberta Klar. The second floor will include the charity's corporate offices, a boardroom and a kitchenette, he said.
The Homeless Emergency Project's services include transitional and permanent supportive housing, food, clothing, medical and mental health services.
Old Harbor Bank promotes, hires
Pati Sieg has been promoted to executive vice president/retail banking executive and will work in Old Harbor Bank's corporate offices at 2605 Enterprise Road E, Clearwater. She has more than 30 years of banking experience and most recently was senior vice president/retail banking group manager at the bank's Dunedin office.
Renee Barwick has joined Old Harbor as vice president/retail banking executive and will work in an office opening soon at 2201 Drew St., Clearwater. She has more than 15 years of banking experience and most recently was assistant vice president/regional operations manager for 11 SunTrust offices in Pinellas County.
Susan Diamond has been promoted to assistant vice president/retail banking executive and works in the Dunedin office at 1352 Main St., where she has been assistant manager for the past three years.
Lawyer joins Clearwater firm
Charles A. Buford has joined the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, 911 Chestnut St., Clearwater, as a shareholder. He is a board certified civil trial attorney and business litigator, and a court certified mediator.
Warren receives chairman's award
Carol Warren, a 26-year veteran of Colliers Arnold, has been honored with the company's Chairman's Award for her superior performance and ongoing commitment to the community. Her commercial real estate work includes many nonprofit organizations, and she is a member of Colliers International Not-for-Profit Advisory Group.
Her work in local organizations includes the Hospice Institute, Clearwater Housing Authority, Rotary Club of Clearwater and Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Established in 1974, Colliers Arnold is a full-service commercial real estate firm with corporate headquarters at 311 Park Place Blvd., Clearwater. It has offices in Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and Naples, and is a partner in Colliers International, which has real estate services in more than 267 offices and 57 countries.
Business seminars, classes, assistance
• Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200, in the Icot Business Center near Largo. Programs are free and most meet from noon to 2 p.m. To speak with a business counselor or register for classes and seminars, call (727) 453-7200.
Presentado En Espanol: How to Start a Business meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Tuesday of each month. Presented in Spanish by Wilma Milian, a specialist in assisting small businesses.
How to Start a Business meets every Wednesday. The introductory workshop offers information on how to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans, how to obtain licenses and permits to be a legal business in Pinellas County and more.
Understanding Accounting and Tax Procedures meets the second Thursday of each month. The seminar is designed to help small-business owners understand proper record-keeping and accounting methods to satisfy federal and state requirements for taxes and payrolls.
Marketing Your Small Business meets the third Thursday of each month.
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