The conversion of old insurance houses begins to come online – Westfair Communications

The first phase of the project and The Center for Discovery to transform the building that was the headquarters of Frontier Insurance in Rock Hill in Sullivan County into a high-quality center for quality and health has been completed. The Empire State Development Corporation, which has been helping finance the project, announced the completion.

The Center for Discovery night view of Frontier Insurance building conversion.

The Center for Discovery purchased a vacant 164,000-square-foot building on Lake Louise Marie Road to house the Research Institute for Brain and Body Health as part of an expanded reuse project. The original 10,000 square meter lab space is now complete and stable.

When completely converted, in addition to lab space, the building will house a special education school and a Children’s Hospital. The school will be on the first floor and is planned to serve students with disabilities from Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties including Sullivan County. The facility will include classrooms, a gymnasium, jogging tracks and lighted walking and cycling paths. The clinic will be on the second floor. The third floor of the building is the Research Institute for Brain and Body Health.

The cost of the project is 25 million dollars, including the purchase of the building and renovations. State Senator John J. Bonacic of Mt. Hope also announced that she has secured $1 million in transportation, infrastructure and economic development funds for the project.

“From innovative educational and clinical approaches to the treatment of complex problems, to its sustainable work, organic farming and its commitment to advancing technology, the Center for Discovery is a national example of health, wellness and innovation,” said Bonacic. “This gift will support The Center in its current work and ensure that it continues to make a difference in the lives of many people.”

The Center for Discovery was awarded $2 million by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support the construction of a Children’s Specialty Hospital, including an intensive care unit.

In addition to its research programs, the Center for Discovery provides clinical and educational services to more than 1,200 children and adults with disabilities, medical disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Its campus covers approximately 1,500 acres in Sullivan County with academic, residential, medical and research buildings and gardens. The Center is said to have approximately 1,700 employees.

Part of the Center for Discovery campus.

Part of the Center for Discovery campus.

According to Patrick H. Dollard, CEO of the Center for Discovery, “With the completion of the Innovation Labs, the pioneering labs within the Research Institute for Brain and Body Health, we are applying more than 30 years of leadership in assistive technology to better. learn and create new ways that It can change the lives of people with disabilities. We have a shared vision with Empire State Development to make the mid-Hudson region a premier medical and research center, and we are grateful for their support in this endeavor.”

Center has appeared before Thompson’s town planning committee several times regarding the renovation of the former Frontier Insurance building and other projects on its campus. William Rieber, Thompson town manager, said, “The Town of Thompson was pleased to work with The Center for Discovery in purchasing the former Frontier Insurance property. This project will not only create great job opportunities for Thompson but will serve children with autism, epilepsy disorders and more. The results are very good for the economy and for the most vulnerable people. “

Ira Steingart, chairman of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which has provided funding for The Center for Discovery Projects, said, “This facility will bring significant economic and community benefits to Sullivan County, providing much-needed jobs, creating quality jobs, improving the healthy results are to restore the life of high-quality businesses that have been unused for several years. According to the IDA, it is a very good project.”