Loveland Village project gets under way

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VENICE, Fla. -- A new apartment complex where adults with developmental disabilities can live is on the way in Venice.

Officials for Loveland Village broke ground Tuesday morning on a 42-unit complex, located off Venice Avenue east of Jacaranda Boulevard.

The complex will provide activities and social and employment services for up to 94 people, and is expected to open in September 2015.

It will allow people with developmental disabilities like Down Syndrome, autism and Cerebral Palsy to live next door to the services they currently use at the Loveland Center. "We believe this is needed not only in this community, but in all communities throughout the country. This is the first generation of people with developmental disabilities that are going to outlive their parents or their parent’s ability to be caretakers," says Carl Penxa of the Loveland Center.

Congressman Vern Buchanan and State Senator Nancy Detert were at the ceremony.

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