KITA to Name Acton Facility in Honor of Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., has provided the organization KITA with resources to ensure free, long-term access to 28 acres in Acton, ME that will serve as a permanent home for the non-profit and its tuition-free summer camp for 8- to 17-year-olds impacted by the death of a loved one to suicide.
In addition, Alexandria is supporting KITA with the design and restoration of the property, which will feature new facilities such as a wellness center, cabins for campers and staff, a nature education cabin, therapy cabins, a welcome center with a resource library and a 2,800-square-foot dining hall and commons area that will be named in Alexandria’s honor.
The waterfront property will also include outdoor pavilions, firepits and walking trails that enable campers to partake in mentally restorative activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking and archery.
Prior to KITA’s having access to dedicated land, the organization’s capacity was limited to 75 campers, ages 8–17, due to rental limitation. As demand continued to increase for its service, campers had to be turned away. Now, within a projected five years after the camp is set to open at Loon Pond, the non-profit is expected to directly serve over 2,000 individuals through its increased programs and session capacity.
“Mental health disorders and suicide touch all of us in some way, and Alexandria is honored to continue playing a part in helping KITA establish a home from which it can grow its program and advance its mission to help children across the nation who have suffered the devastating loss of a family member to suicide,” said Michelle Lower, VP of real estate development and community relations in Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.’s Greater Boston region.
Pasadena, CA-based Alexandria, which owns 13.8 million-square-feet of life science, agtech and technology facilities in greater Boston, maintains eight social responsibility pillars:
disease and other threats to human health
hunger and food insecurity
deficiencies in support services for the military and their families
Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group.
When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.
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