Copy of Groundbreaking begins on $5M facility in Orono

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Organizers are calling it "a makeover on steroids," – ground was broken on Wednesday for a $5 million facility in Orono designed for individuals with special needs.

The current facility was built in 1979 and employees who care for those with special needs, say it is outdated and not accessible for all of the residents.

The five-million-dollar loan from the US Department of Agriculture will go toward completely renovating and expanding that space to fit 17 beds which will accommodate everyone.

Now that construction is officially going to begin, organizers say they could not be happier.

“There's a lot of work to do every day but it's really an exciting thing," said Catherine Robertson, executive director of the Independence Advocates of Maine. "The opportunities they're going to have because of the space they're going to be in, is so rewarding.” 

“Judging on the smiles on their faces, I think they're very happy about what's coming and that's so rewarding in our work to see how this is going to affect their lives more positively,” said Virginia Manuel, the USDA Rural Development State Director.

Construction is expected to be completed by April of 2018. For more information on how you can donate to the new facility, contact Robertson by clicking here.

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