The Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce finally has some new digs.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Chase Bank building which currently houses Chamber offices was up for sale. In light of the announcement, Chamber President Jacob Millwee and others were suddenly thrust into unforeseen flux and were in need of a new home — which they appear to have found. The Preserve, a collection of office buildings at 2030 N Loop W Fwy., near the corner of the 610 North Loop feeder and T.C. Jester, will house the Chamber’s offices in Suite 2050.
Millwee said the property was one of several on his radar when The Leader spoke with him about the move several months ago. The Chamber was searching for a spot with room for a reasonable amount of parking to accommodate small meetings at the offices, while maintaining (if possible) its connection to the Heights community and overall maintaining easy access for its members; and the Preserve checked off every box.
“As the Heights grows in terms of population and businesses, the businesses that are a member of the Chamber and in support of the Heights are getting further away from Heights Boulevard—the influence of the Heights is spreading,” he said. “If you plot out our membership on a map, where we’ll be moving the office to is actually more centralized as far as where our members are located [within the community].”
That said, Millwee noted it remains the Chamber’s intention to eventually return to Heights proper. Upon completion of the move, the new office will be just a temporary move for at least the next five years while executives formulate a long-term plan.
“[Chase Bank] moving was not something in our current five-year vision, so in a way this was a reactionary idea to move, with the idea that in about five years we can have a proactive decision to come in with a little more intent on our side,” he said.
Other than new digs, the Chamber will remain the same beacon it has for nearly three decades, providing its members and visitors the same quality services, Millwee said. That said, the move also provides some new horizons for the Chamber itself.
“We’re excited about the move, which will be a benefit to our members in having a fresh face on the Chamber office, and will give us the opportunity for some re-organization and culling of things we’ve held onto longer than we should,” he said.
Currently, a tentative plan is in place for the relocation to commence in late September or early October and occur over the course of several weeks, though Millwee noted those plans are still very rough and subject to change.
“We want to make [this move] as painless as possible to our guests as far as the services they receive from us and the events we hold, so if we have to stretch it out a bit longer to maintain the same level of quality we’ve always offered, then we will,” he said.
For more information on the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, visit heightschamber.org/.