International humanitarian organization Food for the Hungry has completed a lease at Renaissance Square that will consolidate its three downtown Phoenix office locations into a single global corporate headquarters, occupying just under 30,000 square feet of contiguous space within downtown’s Renaissance Square.
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The lease was managed by Jami Savage-Gray and Ryan Bartos from the Phoenix Office of JLL. Jerry Roberts and Pat Boyle of Cushman and Wakefield represented the landlord, a partnership between Oaktree and Cypress Office Properties.
Serving in 18 countries worldwide, Food for the Hungry provides development programs, disaster relief and advocacy focused on graduating communities from extreme poverty into self-sustainability within a decade. The organization has been operating for over 50 years, headquartered in Phoenix since 2003.
Food for the Hungry’s new lease will relocate approximately 130 corporate headquarters employees into 29,179 square feet at 2 N. Central Ave., one of two Class A, high-rise office buildings at the 985,000-square-foot Renaissance Square. The remaining 99% of the organization’s staff works in their country of origin.
“We chose Ren Square to underscore our continued commitment to downtown Phoenix, and because the management made it clear that they share Food for the Hungry’s values and commitment to serving those challenged by poverty in less fortunate places around the world,” said Food for the Hungry CEO Mark Viso. “They made us feel welcome and valued.”
“Food for the Hungry’s corporate team is tremendously dedicated, working to generate real change in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” said Savage-Gray. “It was our honor to help them consolidate their global headquarters into a single, vibrant downtown Phoenix location that will allow them to collaborate and achieve at their highest level.”
Recently renovated, amenities at Renaissance Square include two connected modern lobbies, a tenant lounge and game room, wi-fi enabled outdoor courtyard, tech-enabled conference facilities, upgraded health and fitness center, and the on-site Wren & Wolf restaurant and cocktail bar. The project is also LEED Gold Certified.
With a walkability score of 95, Renaissance Square is walkable to Light Rail, the Phoenix Convention Center, 145 restaurants, multiple professional sports venues and theatres, six hotels, a variety of retail stores and more than 5,800 residential units.