The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes celebrated the official opening of its new campus Monday morning.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and presentation was held for the new 30,000 square foot expansion on South Clinton Avenue. It's the home to ABVI's new vision rehabilitation center and low vision clinic.
Also built as part of the expansion project was a new parking lot between the facility and the contact center and upgrades to the Goodwill store parking lot and perimeter fence.
"Probably one of the most important things we did was create the parking lot that allows safe access. People were crossing the street, people who were blind and visually impaired crossing Clinton Avenue, which is a very busy street; really posed a serious danger to the people who came to our facility. Now being able to access us through a safe parking lot that drops that off right outside the building is very important," said Dr. A. Gidget Hopf, president and CEO of ABVI and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.
This project has been in the works since 2009.