UTICA- Officials with the Kelberman Center were invited to the South Utica Neighborhood Association's public meeting on Monday night.
The topic discussed was the former Sunset School in Utica. The Kelberman Center, a not-for-profit that supports individuals of all ages with autism has plans to demolish the building and build apartments designed to be an inclusive living community for individuals with autism, that will provide access to any services they might need.
NEWSChannel 2 spoke with concerned citizens and officials with the Kelberman Center.
Citizens say this project wasn't brought to their attention until recently. "They live in this neighborhood, there's this great, big project coming in and nobody consulted them, nobody talked to them," said South Utica Resident, Celeste Friend.
Officials with the Kelberman Center said they've taken all the necessary steps. "We went through all the appropriate public hearings and public meetings and most importantly this is a tremendous opportunity for the community," said the Executive Director for the Kelberman Center, Robert Myers.
Construction is expected to start this summer, and last for 15 months.
The apartments are scheduled to be complete by Fall of 2020.
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