By Shannon Hardy


Last Friday morning, fifteen golden shovels dug into a piece of new part of the Medford community.


On May 26th, the Walnut Street Center, a premier nonprofit human service agency that provides comprehensive support to adults with intellectual disabilities celebrated its relocation to 291 Mystic Avenue with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony. State and local community representatives, such as Mayor Stephanie Burke, joined the staff of WSC to kickoff construction of their new 42,000 square foot building.


The former building, located on Charlestown Street of Somerville MA, was seized as part of the Green Line Extension project—a transportation priority of the Commonwealth that aims to improve current community access and provide new stations.


According to Chief Operating Officer of WSC, Carolyne Guffey, “We weren’t looking to relocate prior, but (we) are looking forward to new opportunities to improve at our new location.” The one-level, fully handicap accessible expansion is projected to provide service to a larger amount of people in the Metro North area.


In addition, the WSC team will integrate an adult day-care health program, Dementia and Alzheimer specialty support, and behaviorally intensive support. Such programs will have access to a horticultural space, a music and movement room, personal care suites, a gymnasium, and sensory rooms.


The new Walnut Street Center is projected to open in the Fall of 2016.


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