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Autism Center to break ground

ALBANY -- Albany Autism Center will be breaking ground on the new Bridgewood Academy Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Center's successful Bid for Bachelor's event secured the funds needed to purchase the property located at 1509 Third Ave.

Kelli Halstead, Bid for Bachelors organizer, said during the groundbreaking ceremony for Bridgewood academy, Albany Autism Center officials will be signing papers for the property and a few of the bachelors that participated during the Bid for Bachelors event will also attend.

"We are going to have some of the bachelors there and we are going to present them with an award thanking them for their contribution to this cause," said the event organizer.

The Bid for Bachelors event raised $20,000 to purchase land and the building that will soon become Bridgewood Academy -- which is to be designed especially for children with autism and other disabilities.

According to Albany Autism Center officials, the new property will give the center a chance to expand and provide more services to families in the surrounding community at lower cost. Presently, the center shares a space on the 2100 block of Dawson Road with the Dawson Road Church of Christ.