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Arc of Greater Plymouth plans new home

The Arc of Greater Plymouth Inc., a nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities and their families, plans to move to an 11,000-square-foot building at 52 Armstrong Road in Plymouth. Renovations are now underway to make the site handicap accessible, and Arc plans to move in by late fall.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said spokeswoman Susan O’Neal.

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MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, issued a $1.2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of the organization to pay for the purchase of the building and the renovations.

“We have to get a handicap elevator in,” said O’Neal. “We have some work to do.”

The two-story building, located in Plymouth Industrial Park, will serve as The Arc of Greater Plymouth’s new headquarters. It will house the organization’s administrative offices and program space, and will be the home base for its family support and employment services, life skill classes, and job search resources, she said.

O’Neal said the nonprofit has been located in Suite 208 at 10 Cordage Park Circle for about a decade. Its new home will be about double the size of the space it is in now, she said.

Originally formed in 1966 by parents and volunteers, the organization now has 35 full- and part-time employees. It serves Plymouth, Plympton, Hanover, Hanson, Carver, Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke, Halifax, and Kingston.

“Our numbers have grown significantly,” said O’Neal. “We’re serving 600 individuals and 1,000 families. That’s just in Greater Plymouth.”

Ever since the economic downturn and recession, she added, “There’s a greater need, too, for more services.”

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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