TUE groundbreaking begins comeback of iconic Waterville property

(Waterville, Maine) Mayor Nick Isgro and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce will help Woodfords Family Services and Child Development Services with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, on the former Seton campus of MaineGeneral Health.

The ceremony is set for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15th, at 30 Chase Avenue in Waterville. The business community and members of the media are welcome to attend.

The agencies are breaking ground on a brand new facility on the campus, a 10,000 square-foot building that Waterville Redevelopment Company is building on a 20-acre subdivision. Woodfords Family Services currently has five locations in Maine, including an office in Manchester and a preschool in Oakland. Child Development Services(CDS) has 9 regional offices throughout the state which provide case management and direct instruction for families with children from birth through age five. The new building will co-locate the preschool for children with autism and CDS offices, to ensure close collaboration and the highest quality of early intervention services.

Tuesday's groundbreaking is open to the business community, and members of the media.

Tuesday's groundbreaking is open to the business community, and members of the media.

“The new preschool for kids with autism will double the capacity for these critical early intervention services,” said Paul Nau, Executive Director of Woodfords Family Services. “Co-locating the pre-school with Child Development Services means closer collaboration and better outcomes for more children and their families in central Maine.”

Redevelopment of the former Seton campus is being handled by Waterville Redevelopment Company, a subsidiary of Dirigo Capital Advisors. H.E. Callahan Construction Company is working with Woodfords Family Services on construction of the new building.

“Actually beginning redevelopment in the heart of downtown Waterville is a very exciting milestone for us,” Mattson said. “I know that economic development is very important to city leaders, and we’re pleased to be a part of their efforts.”