Bach Foundation Opens Little Rock Office

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 12, 2007 12:00 am  

The Bach Foundation — that stands for Building Affordable Communities & Housing — is bringing it mission to Little Rock, thanks to Internet education.
The Camden, N.J., nonprofit organization has leased a 3,800-SF renovated house at 1302 Cumberland St. in downtown Little Rock, according to attorney Annamary Dougherty, who will serve as associate director and general counsel. (She'll continue as Bryant's full-time city attorney for another week.)
From there, Bach will work to revitalize languishing parts of Little Rock by buying and renovating houses and reselling them to low-income buyers.
"We're really going to try to target downtown and southwest Little Rock," Dougherty said. The office space, the lease of which was brokered by Flake & Kelley Commercial, "is just a perfect location for the foundation and what they do," she said.
Ed Collins, a former Pulaski County sheriff's deputy who is now a police officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be Bach's executive director in Little Rock.
The Bach Foundation, which reported $2.7 million in total revenue on its 2005 IRS Form 990, has been working in New Jersey for about 15 years and has expanded into Rockaway, N.Y., as well.
So what brings it so far from home?
Dougherty said Bach's chairman, Ann McIntyre of Camden, N.J., became interested in Little Rock after taking an online course through the University of Arkansas at Little Rock taught by Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Terry Crabtree, who died in January.



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