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Life360 Community Services Executive Director Jeremy Hahn, left, and board President Ted Cederblom stand outside the recently leased Price Cutter building at 1901 E. Division St.
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Life360 Community Services Executive Director Jeremy Hahn, left, and board President Ted Cederblom stand outside the recently leased Price Cutter building at 1901 E. Division St.

Nonprofit leases former Price Cutter

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Springfield nonprofit Life360 Community Services leased a former Price Cutter building for use as its operations center and as a community hub.

Jeremy Hahn, executive director of Life360 Community Services, said he expects to begin occupying the 46,600-square-foot building at 1901 E. Division St. within the next month and renovate the space throughout the year.

“We are a growing nonprofit and right now we feed 13,000 kids a day across rural Missouri. This is going to be a central kitchen to process foods that are donated to us into individual items,” he said of the building at the intersection of Division and North Glenstone Avenue. “As things progress, we’ll also use a portion of the building to serve the neighborhood right there in the area.”

Life360 Community Services will continue to operate out of the The Fairbanks community center in Grant Beach, Hahn said. The goal is to set up six community resource hubs.

The nonprofit provides food to school children, helps with career placement and provides housing. It’s among nonprofits involved in a $6.7 million housing complex — designed for people exiting the foster care system — near Ozarks Technical Community College.

With a $6 million annual operating budget, Life360 Community Services works with school districts that have a student population of at least 50% qualifying for free or reduced price lunches, Hahn said. The nonprofit provides kids a nutrient-dense snack.

At the former Price Cutter building, Hahn said roughly $1 million worth of freezer and refrigeration space already was present, cutting down on infill costs. The nonprofit expects to invest at least $1 million over the next couple of years renovating the space, he said.

Hahn declined to disclose lease terms with Price Cutter operator Pyramid Foods, but noted the nonprofit penned a six-year lease with an option to buy. Tyler Ray, a commercial real estate adviser with Moreno Group LLC, said he worked on behalf of Life360 Community Services to broker the deal over an eight-month period. The Price Cutter store closed in late 2017, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

“This is a great organization that deserves some light for all they do for the communities,” Ray said via email. “Their mission is to keep kids fed.”

Over the next month, Life360 Community Services plans to open its commercial kitchen in the Price Cutter space, with a move of its corporate offices expected later in the year. Hahn said the nonprofit currently feeds children at school districts including Monett, Purdy and Seymour.

Life360 Community Services is the “action arm” of Life360 Church, Hahn said.

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