UTICA — The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired broke ground Thursday on a new $7 million rehabilitation and wellness center next to its headquarters on Kent Street.
CABVI officials previously said they hope to open the new center next year.
The new Kent Street building will offer 23,000 square feet for CABVI’s rehabilitation department, compared to the 4,000 square feet it has now. The new facility will include a research laboratory, a fitness center and a therapy pool, among other improvements, according to a news release.
“Our new facility will allow us to expand our rehabilitation department and treat more individuals who suffer from vision loss,” said Rudy D’Amico, CABVI president and CEO, in the release.
In 2017, he said, CABVI served more than 1,600 consumers in an eight-county region. Within the next 10 years, the association expects to serve more than 2,700.
The project also will create more than 20 jobs, many of which will be filled by individuals who are blind or visually impaired, the release states.