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LEARN plans $9.85 million project at facility in New London

New London — LEARN, the Regional Educational Service Center for southeastern Connecticut, this week announced it has obtained state approval for a $9.85 million improvement project at its Ocean Avenue LEARNing Academy.

The 36,000-square-foot facility at 660 Ocean Ave., the former Beth El Synagogue, supports students with developmental disabilities from throughout southeastern Connecticut. The facility currently serves 75 students ranging in ages from 3 to 22.

The planned improvement project involves renovations to the second floor. There will be six new classrooms, a maker space, cafetorium, numerous counseling rooms and a new roof for the building. Additionally, improvements will be made to outdoor recreation areas and new play areas will be built to support students' gross motor skill development.

The project will allow the academy to accommodate up to 100 students. LEARN is investing $2.5 million in the project, with $7.3 million coming from the state.

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