BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A school at Brunswick Landing that helps children with developmental disabilities and behavioral disabilities is about to become the largest employer at the former Navy base.
Providence Services Corporation opened its program at the former Navy "lodge" in September. Providence also provides home based services in a number of other areas of the state, but the Brunswick Landing facility also provides assistance in a setting similar to school classrooms. Vice President Corinne Whittling Walker says the larger space has improved their ability to help students, and in some cases has made it easier to prepare those students to return to their own local schools.
Now the organization is preparing to move its regional and state offices to the same location. Priority Real Estate, which owns the buildings is remodeling the former Navy bowling alley into offices for Providence. When the move is complete the company will have about 160 employees working in the two adjacent buildings.
The project is also helping the Midcoast Veterans Council. Priority is taking a portion of the new space to create a large conference room and added offices for the council -- basically free of cost. Read Rich, one of the volunteers in the veterans program, says Priority Real Estate leases them the space for just one dollar per year. Rich says the council doesn't have much revenue, so eliminating the cost of rent makes a very big diffence. And he says the added space will make it easier to operate the programs, and to help more veterans.