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The Arc Rockland Sold Congers Headquarters and Is Moving to Valley Cottage

The Arc Rockland, a leading provider of services for nearly 1000 people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is              pleased to announce the sale of its headquarters at 25 Hemlock Drive, Congers to Portables Unlimited, Inc., a Nanuet-based wholesaler and exclusive master dealer of T-Mobile products.              

The real estate closing on the 82,000 square foot building was on January 28, 2021. With proceeds from the sale on January 29,The Arc purchased a 20,200 square-foot office and community service building, located at 210 Route 303 in Valley Cottage, formerly the MKB law offices. The move is expected to take place in late spring, following renovations.   

“Our move will be instrumental to the implementation of our strategic plan, which includes the provision of Day and Community Program Hubs in and near areas of commerce in Rockland,” said Carmine G. Marchionda, CEO of The Arc Rockland. ”Hubs give people receiving services greater opportunities to participate in community life – where they are gainfully employed, serve as volunteers, enjoy recreation and help support eateries and other retailers.” Arc’s strategic vision is characterized by the development of smaller community program sites that replace larger congregate settings.

“Moving our headquarters to the Valley Cottage building is the first part of a plan to use space more efficiently while continuing to provide quality programs to the people we serve,” said John Smith, President of The Arc Rockland Board of Directors. “We are pleased that this move, anticipated for nearly two years, will soon be realized.”       

Jane Zemon, Chief Program Officer at The Arc Rockland added, “This transition presents an exciting opportunity to develop state-of-the-art programming in our new Valley Cottage location. Approximately 60 people from our Hemlock program will participate there. The other people from Hemlock are expected to receive supports in other Arc Hubs in New City, Nyack, Orangeburg and Pearl River, as well as another new location to be developed next year.”  

“The balance of proceeds from the sale of Hemlock will be applied toward the purchase of another Community Hub by end of the year, and toward the enhancement of our Hub in New City,” Mr. Marchionda said. The New City program is located in The Arc’s Prime Time for Kids building. 

“Every step of the way throughout this multi-year plan, we have worked with the DDRO and OPWDD,”added Ms. Zemon. “Our Hubs were opened during the past five years and we are looking forward to resuming full, in-person services when social distancing restrictions are eased.” The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities coordinates services for New Yorkers with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Arc Rockland is one of nearly 500 nonprofit service providers in the state. DDRO, Developmental Disabilities Regional Office, oversees local operations.  

The Arc’s Day Program provides an educational component, social skills building, career coaching, employment, and opportunities for extensive volunteer work. Prior to the onset of Covid-19, more than 100 Arc people were volunteering at over 100 sites in Rockland and beyond. 

Additionally, The Arc provides Residential opportunities in 30 locations in Rockland for nearly 200 people ranging in age from 19 to 95. The agency’s pre-school program is Prime Time for Kids, accommodating 75 children with and without disabilities, at 70 Phillips Hill Road in New City. Over 6,500 square feet of that site will house the new location of Arc Health Resources, the only free-standing primary care facility for people with disabilities in Rockland. It will relocate from 4,489 square feet at 25 Hemlock Drive later this year and offer a substantial expansion of services.  

Prior to purchasing 25 Hemlock Drive in 1988, The Arc was located at the Arthur L. Yeager Health complex in Pomona. The organization was founded in 1954 by a group of local families determined to raise their children at home and provide a special education, rather than institutionalize them. With a staff of nearly 700 employees, The Arc Rockland is the 16th largest employer in the county. It is one of 37 Arc chapters in New York, and one of more than 600 nationwide. Further information is on  www.TheArcRockland.org and The Arc Rockland Facebook page.

The Arc Rockland has partnered with the Empire State Purchasing Group. Vendors may submit bids electronically. Please visit https://www.bidnetdirect.com/new-york/arc-of-rockland for RFP and bidding opportunities.

Thank You to The Arc Rockland’s 2021 Corporate Sponsors:

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