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August 9, 2023

New Britain-based nonprofit Advocacy Unlimited pays $940,000 for Rocky Hill office

CoStar 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill.

An 8,820-square-foot office building in a busy commercial area of Rocky Hill will find new life as headquarters for mental health, addiction and trauma recovery nonprofit Advocacy Unlimited, which recently paid $940,000 for the property. 

Built in 1964, the two-story, brick-sided building sits on a little more than seven-tenths of an acre at 2075 Silas Deane Highway. Advocacy Unlimited purchased it in a sale recorded Aug. 2. 

"We are so very excited about this purchase and the opportunity to relocate and grow into the space," said Michaela Fissel, Advocacy Unlimited's executive director. "This is a huge step for our organization.This is a time to celebrate because this is our first time purchasing property." 

The seller, Destiny Properties, paid $550,000 for the property in 2003. Its principal is Dana Rafiee, of Henderson, Nevada

Launched in 1989, Advocacy Unlimited offers multiple peer-to-peer services around mental health, addiction and trauma recovery, including training for recovery workers. Well over 1,500 people have graduated from this program, Fissel said. 

The nonprofit had a $2 million budget and employed 29 people in 2021, according to its most recently available federal tax return.

Mario Longobucco, of Coldwell Banker Commercial, acted on behalf of the buyer. Robert Gaucher, senior commercial specialist with O,R&L Commercial, represented the seller.

The purchase will allow Advocacy Unlimited to move the bulk of its programs from leased space in New Britain to a space owned by the group. Its programs will take a two-month break while the move is undertaken beginning in November, Fissel said. She expects to reopen in the new space in January. 

A satellite stress releif program -- Toivo -- will continue in its current Hartford location, Fissel said. 

"We can create a space that reflects our values," Fissel said of the Rocky Hill building. "We are going to be able to create such a warm welcome. That's what this is all about." 

The property was viewed by multiple investors during the year it was on the market, but none could make the finances work given the likely cost to outfit it for future tenants, Gaucher said. 

Gaucher said he was convinced from the start the buyer would be an owner-occupier.

“I told the owner, the buyer will be someone who takes almost all of the building,” Gaucher said. “These people came along and the building fit like a glove. It had everything they needed.” 

 

 

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