The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

MARC fetes long-awaited opening


MIDDLETOWN — Two years ago, eight months before the country went into lockdown due to the pandemic, MARC Community Resources bought a new 38,000-square-foot building at 25 Industrial Park Rd. The purchase was a milestone in the organizati­on’s 65-year history, according to a press release.

Discussion over the future location and facility that provides programs for people with intellectu­al and developmen­tal disabiliti­es had begun five years prior.

Opening day, July 29, was a year almost to the date after a canceled grand opening. Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim, and state Sen. Matt Lesser and state Rep. Quentin Phipps, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce President Larry McHugh, the MARC board of directors and others ceremoniou­sly cut the ribbon. The partners on the project included Eversource, Energy Resource, People’s United Bank, Rosa & Hibbard Architects, One Developmen­t, Attorney George Law, Guy Neumann Constructi­on and Fusion Cable Systems.

“It was a bitterswee­t day for MARC,” an announceme­nt said, as it was CEO Linda Iovanna’s last day. She is credited for having the drive and vision to attain the new facility, the announceme­nt said.

The event included tours of the new facility and the spaces were laid out to help attendees visualize the participan­ts day-to-day activities. The areas include a music and motion room, art room, work activities area, and large spaces for physical activities like yoga and dance. The building gave them the space for social distancing throughout the pandemic.

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