Wayne Arc recently started construction on Erie Shore Landing, a street of shops and training facility along the Erie Canal in Newark.
Erie Shore Landing will include a coffee shop, deli, ice cream shop and expanded printshop. Construction is expected to finish in about six months. Once open to the public, the shops will provide retail job opportunities for individuals with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities.
A training site behind the storefronts will train individuals with disabilities in retail skills such as counting money, food preparation and customer service. When they develop the skills they need, employees can move to the retail spaces for full- or part-time employment.
Wayne Arc received grant funding from the Golisano Foundation, Empire State Development and Canal Corp., as well as support from the village of Newark. It hopes that, with a canalside street of shops, Newark can continue to develop as a desired destination for tourists, boaters, businesses and community members.
Besides the more than $2 million project, Wayne Arc is looking to create more opportunities for community members and individuals receiving services.
Visit waynearc.org for information.