For those wondering what the long fence and construction is at 958 Hotel Road, The Buzz can confirm that it will be a new John. F. Murphy residential home. Chief executive officer Todd Goodwin said construction has started at the 13-acre site and that it will be an intermediate care facility for adults and will become the new home to eight adults in early 2024.

The site at 958 Hotel Road recently purchased by John F. Murphy Homes for a new facility. Christopher Wheelock/Sun Journal

Goodwin added the new facility will replace an existing one in Lewiston that is more than 25 years old. John F. Murphy homes operates more than 50 residential facilities in the Lewiston and Auburn area that house some of Maine’s neediest people, some of whom have medical issues in addition to disabilities.

The nonprofit organization operates seven special-purpose schools for children 18 months to 14 years old, providing services for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities from Randolph to Saco. The Margaret Murphy Centers for Children is a part of JFM.

Goodwin said there are increasingly fewer and fewer of these types of facilities in Maine and that it is getting harder to locate them for myriad reasons. He added the need for them will only increase in the coming years.

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