Several dozen people attended a luncheon in Sidney on Wednesday to welcome Springbrook to the community.  The event, organized by William Mirabito, was the capstone to a period of growth and expansion for the Otsego County-based provider to the developmentally disabled.

William Mirabito addresses the Springbrook welcoming luncheon in Sidney

Patricia Kennedy, CEO of Springbrook, told me:  "We are delighted to be in Sidney.  We see nothing but great things ahead for us and for the community.  We have two new large homes which will open this year in the former Sherwood Heights area.  These are modern, fully appointed homes for our residents.  Sixteen people will live in these homes and we expect more than forty jobs to be created right here in Sidney.  We want this community to know that we care about them.  We want to be a part of their businesses, their Main Street, their churches and their neighborhoods.  We want Sidney to know that Springbrook is a good neighbor and we couldn't be happier about being a part of this wonderful community."

(L-R) Kerri Green, President Sidney Chamber of Commerce; Seth Haight, Springbrook Chief Operating Officer; Patrica Kennedy, CEO Springbrook

Seth Haigt, Springbrook's Chief Operating Officer, said: "Sidney is a perfect position for our newest Springbrook environment.  We have been looking for a place a little closer to Binghamton for a while and we have found it.  We hope that many of our employees will relocate to Sidney.  We are committed to Sdiney and we really want to connect with its residents.

The two new facilities are nearing completion.  They are located in a housing development area once known as Sherwood Heights.  The area had fallen into neglect over the years and with the infusion of the Springbrook houses the neighborhood is on the way back.

"We can't say enough about the new addition to our community," Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak said.  "Our village has been through a lot in the last couple of years, with the double floods and all.  Now things are really on the upswing.  The entire area around the Springbrook residences will be developed   In the very near future, nineteen brand new townhouses will be built in front of the Springbrook campus.  These will for two and four families.  We are moving ahead in Sidney, thanks to good people like Springbrook and a lot of other residents who have stood up and helped make it all happen.  Bright days are ahead for our village."

The luncheon was held at Sidney's newest restaurant, Angus and Ale, on Main Street.

A Springbrook residence in Sidney
Second Springbrook residence in Sidney.