Growing Spaces, Improving Lives Building Rehabilitation Project

The Growing Spaces, Improving Lives Building Rehabilitation Project at ACHIEVE’s Cutler Pond Road site was created to address health and safety concerns that existed within the building, as well as to expand program services to meet the growing needs of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in our communities.

Thanks to the generosity and ongoing support of our community partners, construction for this monumental $3.85 million dollar project was able to begin in March 2013. That same month the agency opened a new location at 47 Riverside Drive in Johnson City. Staff members whose offices at Cutler Pond were impacted by the renovation were permanently relocated to this new location. In addition, ACHIEVE’s subsidiary, Country Valley Industries, also moved their Court Street Employment Center operations to the new Riverside Drive location.
The renovation project was broken into three phases:

•    Phase One of the renovation project took place throughout the spring and early summer and wrapped up in the month of July. This phase consisted of asbestos abatement as well as renovation of the front part of the building into new Day Habilitation core rooms, administrative offices, and a library.

•    Phase Two of construction began in August and concluded in early December. This phase consisted of making structural improvements to the building as well as renovation of additional Day Habilitation core rooms, a physical therapy room, and program office space.

•    Phase Three of the renovation project began in late December and wrapped up in early 2014. This phase consisted of renovations to the back part of the building into additional Day Habilitation core rooms and training space for pre-vocational and independent daily living activities.

Throughout the renovation the health and safety concerns that were present were all addressed –  asbestos was effectively removed from all parts of the building, and each core room was given direct exterior access in case of an emergency. In addition, program space was expanded and updated to include private bathrooms and program office space in each core room as well as the installation of a ceiling lift track system to assist individuals with ambulation. Security improvements were also made to both the main entrance and the Day Habilitation program entrance which includes cameras and key card access for the security of all building occupants. 

ACHIEVE would like to thank the architectural firm, Bearsch Compeau Knudson – IBI Group, a New York General Partnership, and the construction firm, Andrew R. Mancini Associates, Inc. for their time and dedication to the completion of this project. We would also like to thank all of our generous supporters who helped us reach our $3.85 million dollar project goal! We couldn’t have completed this project without your support, and we truly thank you.


ACHIEVE would like to recognize and thank the following individuals and businesses
who supported the Growing Spaces, Improving Lives Building Rehabilitation Project:

NYS Economic Development Program – Secured by Senator Thomas Libous

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

$250,000 - $499,999
ACHIEVE Foundation
Dr. G. Clifford & Florence B. Decker Foundation
Empire State Development Grant / Southern Tier Regional Office
Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation

$100,000 - $249,999
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Roger L. Kresge Foundation
George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation
NYS Capital Project Grant – Secured by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo

$50,000 - $99,999
Mr. Richard Leland Davis
Miller S. & Adelaide S. Gaffney Foundation
Stewart W. and Wilma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc.
NYS Legislative Grant - Secured by Senator Thomas Libous
Mr. Howard E. Newman, Sr.

$25,000 - $49,999
Mrs. Beth Dibble and Family
Dr. and Mrs. Marc and Ellen Feldman
Price Chopper's Golub Foundation
Visions Federal Credit Union

$10,000 - $24,999
Chemung Canal Trust Company
Mr. Jeffrey Gural
Mr. and Mrs. James and Mary Ann Hayes, Esq.
Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
IBM Corporation
Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Lisa Lee
M&T Charitable Foundation
NBT Bank
Mr. Robert G. Relph, Jr.
Tioga Downs
Tioga State Bank
The Victor & Esther Rozen Foundation
Ms. Irena E. Walach

$1,000 - $9,999
Mr. David Alamo
All Phase Electric & Maintenance Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Theresa Ballard
Mr. John Barry and Mrs. Tina M. Barber
Barney & Dickenson Inc.
Bates Troy Inc.
Bearsch Compeau Knudson – IBI Group, a New York General Partnership
Mr. Don Bernardo
Dr. Robert Bethje
BGM Foundation
Binghamton Material Handling, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Roberta Damm
Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors PC
Mr. and Mrs. David and Julia DeVries
Ellis Brothers
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent and Vicki Fiacco
Mr. and Mrs. Alan and Nicki French
Ms. Colleen Friends
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Mary Gell
Mr. and Mrs. Myron Gregory
Mr. and Mrs. James and Barbara Kumiega - In honor of David Kumiega
Hank’s Clothing for Men and Women, Inc.
Hatala Orthodontics
Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
ICS Solutions Group
Johnson City Eagles Club #2644
Mr. Raymond Linder
Lee and Yum Foundation
Lesko Financial Services
Linder Bible Study Group
Dr. James J. McGuire
Ms. Charlotte S. Moore
Murray’s Auto Service Center
New York State Electric & Gas Corp.
Mr. Barry Peters
Reverends William and Diane Prentice
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Dorothy Salankiewicz
Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York
Serafini Transportation Corp.
Ms. Kathy Sheehan
Mrs. Patricia Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick and Deborah Kennedy
Mr. John J. Stevens and Ms. Anne C. Catalano
Mr. and Mrs. Denis and Jean Wickham
Thomas, Collison, Meagher & Seiden
Tioga Youth Wrestling
William H. Lane Inc.