July 10, 2014, Boston,
MA –The Home for Little Wanderers (The Home), the nation’s oldest and one of
New England’s largest child welfare agencies, has signed a lease to move its
headquarters to 10 Guest Street in the Brighton section of Boston, Mass.
Owned by WGBH, Boston’s leading public television and radio broadcaster and
the nation’s top content producer for PBS, 10 Guest Street is part of WGBH’s
studios and foundation headquarters, a two-building, 330,000-square-foot
complex within the Boston Landing mixed-use development. The Home will
relocate 75 staff from its executive and administrative offices at its
Huntington Avenue location next to Symphony Hall to the 18,000 square foot
space at Guest Street during the summer of 2014.
“As an organization with strong roots in the community, we are
thrilled to have found a new and innovative location for our headquarters.
Boston Landing offers convenience to downtown Boston and accessibility to the
clients who our more than 600 agency-wide staff serves across the city and
Eastern Massachusetts every day,” said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and
CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers.
In recent years, WGBH has redesigned its space to create more
open work environments that foster collaboration across departments. The
public broadcaster’s strategic design decisions have opened additional space
in its Brighton headquarters for corporate leases. Upgrades include building
Boston’s first fully integrated local newsroom that shares resources across
all electronic media platforms (radio, television and digital) and developing
an open floor plan similar to those championed by Silicon Valley startups for
WGBH’s digital department.
“We are excited to welcome The Home for Little Wanderers to
our neighborhood. WGBH supports The Home’s mission, and we are pleased to
provide an innovative, professional space that fosters their work in our
local community,” said Ben Godley, Chief Operating Officer, WGBH. “This lease
is part of a strategic business plan that will generate additional income for
WGBH to invest in substantive, educational local and national programming
that millions of people count on in Boston and across the country.”
Colliers International Executive Vice President James Elcock
represented The Home in this transaction. WGBH was represented by Avison
Young Principal Kevin Malloy.
“Boston Landing is an outstanding location because it offers
an affordable rental rate and ample parking. The Home will remain accessible
to its client base while keeping operational costs at a minimum,” said