Golisano Autism Center to be built in Rochester

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Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester officially announce plans to build the new Golisano Autism Center in Rochester.

The new Center will expand and enhance autism services to serve the more than 10,000 people diagnosed with autism in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas.

It will be named for Tom Golisano, a philanthropist and Paychex and Golisano Foundation Chairman, who announced that he is making a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the Center.

“I am pleased to provide a challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build this unique collaborative center, which will bring together a wide array of coordinated services and expertise under one roof,” said Golisano. “The Center will represent a significant improvement in how people with autism and their families can get the services they need over the course of their lifetimes. I hope that my gift will inspire others to join me and contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.”

The first major gift toward the anticipated two-year challenge comes from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000, making the total commitment-to-date $3 million.

The 25,000 square foot building will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway and will include shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and more.

The total cost of construction of the building is $5 million.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the fall of 2017 and opening is targeted for fall 2018.

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