In June of 2011, the College Internship Program at the Berkshire Center will relocate only a few block away from it’s 27 year old location. The new building in the center of town, Baird and Benton Block, is a historic landmark being renovated to it’s original state and will feature brand new offices and classrooms on the top two floors. The five large classrooms on the top floor will open into one large multi-purpose space. The building will also feature conference rooms and 25 offices and will be accessible by elevator.
On the bottom floor of the Baird and Benton Block below the two floors of the Berkshire Center offices (connected by an elevator) will be two exciting new ventures: A student run organic Craperie next to the Good Purpose Art Gallery. The Art Gallery will feature shows of student art work as well as others on the spectrum and local supportive artists. The money raised will go to the Student Educational Development Fund, a non-profit venture which supports students with Asperger’s and Learning Differences with financial aid and artistic development.
During this same time the Town of Lee will be completing work on a 64 space parking lot behind the building. The town has also put in for a million dollar grant to improve the alley way and the back of all the buildings on Main Street.
St. George’s Church and Community Center. Over the next couple years this stone church will be transformed into the Spectrum Playhouse, a children’s theatre. It will also serve as additional classrooms, an additional kitchen for cooking classes and event space for CIP.