July 2021

ScenicView Academy Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing for Autism

Kari Bushman, Alumni/Community Relations, ScenicView Academy

ScenicView Academy broke ground this spring on a new affordable housing apartment building designed specifically for autism. City Mayor Michelle Kafusi and State Senator Jacob Anderegg spoke at the ceremony, and ScenicView Academy Executive Director, Marty Matheson,  and student Harrison Peterson were shovel-holders at the event.

Designed to reduce sensory overstimulation and to promote community engagement the building boasts a downtown location with walkable access to public transportation, local services, medical care, and other elements of independent living. The building, named 85 North, will also offer a sensory room, navigational support, executive functioning support, structured social opportunities, and onsite support from ScenicView Academy. The building will also offer double the number of ADA accessible units required by the Federal Government. 

85 North is a community partnership with the City of Provo, the Provo Housing Authority, Utah Regional Housing, Rimrock Construction and a host of community donors and investors. The building is scheduled for completion in September of 2022. This unique building will provide many individuals with autism the support needed to live independently. 

About ScenicView Academy

ScenicView Academy is a nonprofit transitional school for young adults with autism and learning disabilities. We empower our students with the skills needed to live independent, productive, and fulfilling lives.