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Bethpage health center breaking ground

Groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. today for a new Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities health care center.

The nonprofit organization now combines administrative work with medical care in an old office building on the old Grumman site in Bethpage. That building will be augmented by an adjacent $10-million facility at 807 South Oyster Bay Rd. The 22,000-square-foot, two-story building, expected to be completed for summer 2012, will separate the developmentally disabled patients from the administrative space and allow for major equipment upgrades.

ACLD, formed in 1957, serves about 3,000 people a year from its 10-acre Bethpage campus and community centers in Bay Shore, Melville and Hauppauge.

The new facility will be named the Charles Evans Health Services Center. It has received a $1-million commitment from the Charles Evans Foundation. Evans, who died in 2007, co-founded the Evan Picone fashion house and produced the film “Tootsie.” The remainder of the money will come from private donations and tax-exempt bonding.


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