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February 16, 2013

CEO: Springbrook to add 48 jobs

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — Springbrook is expanding its services to the village of Sidney later this year.

The leader in providing innovative support for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages was successful in a bid to house 16 residents of Broome Developmental Center, in two community homes in the Sherwood Heights-area of Sidney, said Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kennedy.

It’s part of an effort by the state to downsize its institutional facilities, she said. She recently talked to Sidney community members about the plans.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for Springbrook, the community and most importantly the people who will be moving in,” she said. This includes eight residents in each of the houses. It is expected to provide about 48 jobs.

Springbrook will lease the homes for two years from the state Dormitory Authority, while it runs the program. After that time the buildings will revert to Springbrook, she said. The program is expected to open in June or July, she said. A similar facility will open in Oxford later in the year.

‘This gives us an opportunity to provide a needed service and hire some good employees,” she said.

Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak, who was at the presentation, said he was “excited” to have Springbrook in the village, including the added employment it will bring.

“It will be a good addition to the community,” he said.